Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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

We are a learning community of more than 2,400 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.
 

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
"Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die": The Ship, the Disaster, the Culture, and Mass Media History.This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values, and social mores and will be... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  In this magazine-format class, each week a different instructor presents a challenging topic, ranging from art to... Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Advanced Writing WorkshopEach class will begin with a short lecture on an appropriate subject.  We will then function as a directed writing group.  All students must be willing to share some of their writing.  Students should bring a current writing piece... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Beyond Knit and Purl: Just Enough Ruffles ScarfLaura Chau's Just Enough Ruffles Scarf is a beautiful, light-weight accessory and a great opportunity to expand our knitting techniques into long tail cast-on, short rows, and ruffles.  If you can knit and purl, you are ready to... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions... Apr 22, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... Apr 29, 2019 to May 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... May 13, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Available
Exploring Continuing Care Retirements CommunitiesPLEASE NOTE: DATE FOR THIS COURSE IS MONDAY, APRIL 22!!!!!! The decision to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) requires a significant personal financial commitment. The key feature that distinguishes CCRCs from... Apr 22, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $25.00 Available
Frankenstein at 201Please note the correct ISBN Number for the required book for this course is 0143105035. Mary Shelley's amazing novel was begun as part of a competition to write a story based on a supernatural occurrence. She was only eighteen, but... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $60.00 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... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
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... Apr 15, 2019 9:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Live African Safari!Do you want to see African animals live? Do you want to know more about African beasts, birds, insects, and flora? This course is for you. You will both see those and listen to Wild Earth safari guides explain what you see. Wild... Apr 15, 2019 to Apr 29, 2019 12:30PM - 1:30PM $30.00 Canceled
Music in the Movies: Into the 21st CenturyIn the third installment of this course, we will be examining trends in film composition in the late 1900s and into the 2000s.  The course will focus on a few key composers, such as Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman,... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
No More UFOsAfter three years of knitting classes, there are enough UFOs (UnFinished Objects) flying around to warrant a class.  If you have started a class knitting project but it's still floating around, this class will help you fly through... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Origins of American Constitutional Thought: a History of Political IdeasThis six week class and discussion forum explores the ideas that converged in the framing of the United States Constitution and the Constitutional debates leading up to the ratification of the Constitution by the States. These... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Philip Glass and the MinimalistsFocusing on Philip Glass, “one of the most commercially successful, and critically reviled, composers of his generation,” according to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, this course explores minimalism and the world of Glass... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Pink Flamingos and Time Warps: Cult FilmsLet's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, Reefer Madness, It's A Wonderful Life and others have gained a following for many reasons, primarily our fascination with reliving the love we felt... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 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" -... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Shakespeare's World: Life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England 1564-1616In popular imagination, Elizabethan England exists as a country bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But for the people who lived it, this was a... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Spring Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The seminar... Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 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);... Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The History of Durham and Duke University: Embracing the Past as a Guide for the FutureIn the current socio-economic environment with the challenges of gentrification, growth and development in the region, this class will explore the history of Durham and Duke University. In 1853, Dr. Bartlett Durham sold four acres... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Theodore Roosevelt and Family After the PresidencyTheodore Roosevelt, the nation's youngest president, left office in 1909 at the age of only 51 and at the height of popularity. This course features two themes: how TR's decisions during his remaining 10 years of life changed... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Verismo Operas: Melodrama and Violence in Everyday LifeFew words in the operatic lexicon have been misused as regularly as verismo. Often used as a blanket term for all Italian operas written between the 1890s and the 1920s, verismo more properly denotes a type of opera marked by... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Watercolor ArtHerein, artists will, using watercolor, produce original paintings.  The instructor will inspire and guide composition development and assist in painting approach and needed techniques.  This course is for painters who are somewhat... Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Women's Dance/Exercise: Bellydance to World MusicBuild core muscles! Build strength and flexibility! Dance to beautiful international music! Have fun! This class will focus on traditional ethnic dance moves, using music from varied countries around the Mediterranean, Africa and... Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:50pm $90.00 Available
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Course Time Tuition Status
A Conservation Garden: An Introduction to the North Carolina Botanical GardenThis short course will provide an introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and its primary programs, demonstration gardens and natural areas. The Garden's research directors will provide an overview of the ongoing... Apr 16, 2019 9:00AM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?Textbooks will be provided which can be purchased at a nominal cost of $5 if the student wishes to own it. Borrowing a textbook during the six week period is an option for no fee. PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DESCRIPTION OF THIS COURSE:... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Art and Allegory in the Early Modern Era 1450 - 1800“I could never understand allegories.  The two words in the language I most respect are yes and no.” [Mrs. Touchett in Henry James' Portrait of a Lady 1881]    By Mrs.Touchett's time, allegories had earned a reputation for being... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Chinese Brush Painting: Fruits, Vegetables, and Sea CreaturesThe participants will learn to paint assorted fruits,vegetables, and sea creatures, such as fish or shrimp. These subjects are popular in Chinese brush painting and fun to paint. You will be able to complete a painting and practice... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Christianity Deconstructs RacismChristianity Deconstructs Racism is a study on how the Christianity of Jesus is a powerful deconstructive force against America’s original sin of racism.  As racism evolves, Christians continue to be challenged to either speak out... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
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/... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now?  You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are.  It’s not... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $60.00 Available
Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them: A Guide to Sharing Your Values from Generation to GenerationThis course will examine the concept of ethical wills -- the why, when and hows -- of preserving your legacy of values for your family and community.  We will discuss the history of ethical wills, with roots in the Bible and Talmud... Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $30.00 Available
Exploring Cold Wax PaintingThis six-week program explores the characteristics and potentials of painting with beeswax and oil. It is a cold-wax process which requires no heated tools or medium. The novice will be introduced to the medium and provided guidance... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Canceled
Exploring Labyrinths: Walking MeditationIt is often said that labyrinth walking is perfect for "failed meditators".  Find out why in this informal class.  We will meet at three different labyrinths, hidden gems in Durham and Chapel Hill.  There will be a brief... Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $30.00 Wait List
Hot Topics in Islam 1Islam is one of the most debated religions which has been under scrutiny for decades in the last century. If it is one of the most misunderstood religions or not has also been a topic of discussion. This class is going to focus on a... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $75.00 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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Available
Landscape Architecture and the Shaping of America’s Public RealmDating back to the era of Frederick Law Olmsted and the creation of New York City's Central Park, landscape architects have played a vital role in the evolution of cities.  As designers and stewards of parks, campuses, public... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
MacOS Numbers for Genealogy: A Spreadsheet WorkshopGenealogy research often becomes unwieldy and needs organizing. Whether you are just beginning to collect data or have a mountain of paper data at home or access to online databases of indexed family records, you’ll need some tools... Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 23, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $20.00 Wait List
Meet The Artists: Conversations with the FRANK Gallery artistsREVISIONS to Descriptions: "Meet the Artists: Conversations with Frank Gallery Artists", p.16: Want to know what is going on in the local art scene? Back by popular demand, this course offers a unique opportunity to meet a cross... Apr 23, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Contra BandPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $30.00. The 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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Canceled
Now What? Exploring Your Options After RetirementDealing with change...Explore what you want to do now that you are retired or soon to be.  Today you have many options; a) Working full- or part-time b) Pursuing an opportunity in a different industry c) Working from home d) Your... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Poetry in Times of Peril: War in the 20th CenturyIn poetry of witness, poetry considers history. Nelson Mandela wrote of our course's text, "Against Forgetting is itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice."  In this course, we will focus on the poetry of... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Practical Wisdom: Is it possible to walk a spiritual path in today’s world?How can you put your spirituality into practice in a world of fear, distrust, and political divide? Can you really make a difference in a world facing climate change, famine, corruption and dehumanization? Is it truly hopeless or... Apr 16, 2019 to May 7, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Available
Religion in the South: Evangelical, Exceptional and How It Got That WayIn 2014, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, explains what makes the South exceptional from the rest of the United States. Indeed, the region long described as the "Bible  Belt" -- site of the... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Science Books: Some OLLI Member's Favorites“There is no Frigate like a Book, to take us Lands away,” wrote Emily Dickinson. Members of the OLLI Book Club visit new lands once a month. We invite you to join six of our members as we explore some of the science books we’ve... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Spring Salads/DressingsCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... May 7, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $30.00 Available
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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 28, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $70.00 Available
The Bach Cello SuitesWe will listen to, read about, and deepen our understanding of Bach's six suites for solo cello. What is it about this music thathas made it so popular for so long? How does it convey such deep emotions? What are the origins of the... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
The Biology Of CancerCancer. Everyone’s life has been touched by it in some way, big or small. Everyone has a story about cancer. Everyone knows about it, but how many of us really understand how it works? This course is going to give a comprehensive... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The Birth of DurhamThere would be no Durham, no Duke University, nor Duke OLLI program if not for something that happened here over 150 years ago.  At the beginning of the American Civil War, Durham County and the town of Durham did not even exist. ... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
The North Carolina State Budget: All You Want and Need To KnowNorth Carolina's $24 billion General Fund budget and almost $60 billion total budget provides critical services to our 10.3 million residents.  This class will review and discuss many exciting aspects of the state budget, including... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
The Russian Civil War: The Reds, Whites, and GreensAfter the Bolsheviks overthrew the Provisional Government of Russia in October/November 1917, they faced numerous enemies ranging from royalists, seeking to restore the monarchy, to those advocating a socialist society. In this... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Three Southern Novels: In Faulkner’s Wake:A ten-day funeral trek through fire and flood to bury the family matriarch . . . the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on a family already stretched to their limits . . . an Outer Banks shipwreck involving Aaron Burr's... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
U.S. Southern Autobiography in the Twentieth CenturyThe U.S. South is renowned for its fiction, but one of the richest areas of southern literature in the twentieth century was autobiography. Curiously, there was very little distinguished autobiography and memoir by southerners, at... Apr 16, 2019 to May 14, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Canceled
Zentangle® Greeting CardsZentangle® Greeting CardsIn this 6 week session, students will use Zentangle® tangles to create a unique greeting card (each week a different occasion).  Class #1: BirthdayClass #2: FriendshipClass #3: Thank YouClass #4:... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
“Pop América” In Context: An International ExperienceThis spring the Nasher Museum offers the exhibition “Pop América,” a unique opportunity to explore the international character of Pop Art.  Using the galleries of the Museum as our laboratory, we will explore the world of Pop and... Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
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A Day That Will Live in InfamyThe events of Sunday morning December 7, 1941 have always been shrouded in mystery. The hows, whys, the shame, the anger, have stayed with us over these many years. In this short course we will attempt to delve into possible answers... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
A Taste of Improv!Experience what improv can offer you in the spirit and philosophy of 'Yes...And.'   This is a two-hour introduction to the joy and art of improv:  Easy warm-ups to invigorate your brain and get your laugh center engaged;  Group... May 8, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Canceled
Advanced Philosophy of Religion: Does God Exist? Part IIThis course will be available to all persons who have taken my Introductory Course to Philosophy of Religion. We will review the Cosmological, Ontological, and Teleological arguments. Then, we will move forward to discussing... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Anatomy of a Museum: Behind the scenes at the NasherIn this course we will explore the complex activities, mostly unseen by the public, which grow, preserve and interpret collections, as well as present exhibitions at a university art museum.  We will learn about topics such as the... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... Apr 17, 2019 to Apr 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Drawing for People with Dementia: Using the power of ZentangleThe Zentangle (reg. trademark here) Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing simple structured patterns. This supportive class is designed for people with mild-to-moderate dementia and... Apr 17, 2019 to May 15, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Canceled
Foodie Field TripsMany of us fondly remember 'Field Trips" as the best part of our early education. Trips give us immediate access to new worlds. Students will visit six local food and beverage sources, suppliers or producers. Some venues reflect... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Get Down - and Back Up Again: Excerpts from the Change Your Age ProgramIn these classes excerpted from the Change Your Age® Program, you will refine your ability to move from standing to lying on the ground and then back to standing, efficiently, effortlessly—without falling, playfully and safely, like... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Good, Better, Best: The Fine Pointes of BalletBy considering dancers in the same role, this class will provide the opportunity to compare styles and interpretations. We will cover artistic changes over the years and how outside influences impact a choreographer's creations. No... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Inner Workings of the Stock Market: An insider's perspectiveSince the financial crisis of 2008, there has been much discussion about the potential for financial institutions to influence and, perhaps, even to manipulate, the stock market. This course examines the major participants in the... Apr 17, 2019 to May 15, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Issues in Economic Development: Why the Great Differences?The main issues that have made a difference in levels of economic and social development in various regions of the world are the focus of this course. Less-developed countries still account for a major share of the world's... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Learn to Knit One Dishcloth at a TimeThere's no better way to learn or review knitting techniques than by making a dishcloth or hot pad. In this self-paced class we will learn the basics of knitting by making a simple garter stitch dishcloth and then expand into color... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Microsoft Excel for Genealogy: A Spreadsheet WorkshopGenealogy research often becomes unwieldy and needs organizing. Whether you are just beginning to collect data or have a mountain of paper data at home or access to online databases of indexed family records, you’ll need some tools... May 1, 2019 to May 8, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $20.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $20.00. SWING 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.... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $20.00 Enrollment Closed
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... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Enrollment Closed
Paint and Collage Workshop-Style CourseThis class, which will be aimed at intermediate artists, will build on skills previously taught in the areas of abstracted painting and collage application.  Students will have more of their own art supplies, with the addition of... Apr 3, 2019 to May 1, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Canceled
Palette Knife PaintingLearn to paint simple subjects with only palette knives - no brushes. We'll use water soluble oil paints so there won't be any fumes! Along the way, we'll study color and design. You will end up with 5 or 6 small colorful paintings... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
Prohibition Redux - Potential Benefits of Psychedelics and other Vilified and Criminalized SubstancesEntheogens, also referred to as psychedelics, and other street drugs have long been vilified for political advantage. Their  enormous potential, both to treat serious mental health issues and for otherwise healthy people, was well... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Retirement CommunitiesJoin us for two class sessions in which we  explore the range of retirement community offerings while looking in depth  at Independent Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in Durham and Chapel Hill. ... Apr 17, 2019 to Apr 24, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Wait List
Spending in Retirement: Current Strategies and Techniques being used by Financial Planners.How to best spend your financial assets during retirement is always a daunting task.  Given today's low interest rate environment and high equity valuations, the problem of determining a sustainable spending rate is even more... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
The Gilgamesh Epic: A Masterpiece from the Ancient WorldA masterpiece of world literature, the Gilgamesh Epic is composed in Akkadian, a Semitic language. Preserved on up to 12 clay tablets in versions that evolved over many centuries and cultures, it features the adventures of Gilgamesh... Apr 17, 2019 to May 8, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Wait List
The Great Climate Change ChallengeThe course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss that:-Global warming has accelerated in recent years; approaching 1.1 C warming from the pre-industrial era-... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
The Great Presidents: Leadership in American HistoryRanking the 43 men who have served as America's president is one of the most satisfying games played by historians. The presidency was established in Article II of the United States Constitution (1787), but it was the men... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Website Design 101Have you ever wondered what goes into the design of a website, or tried creating one yourself but were unsure how to get started with the visual layout? In this lecture-based course students will learn how to create visually... Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Zentangle Dingbatz WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... Apr 17, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
Zentangle Illuminated Letter WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... May 1, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
Zentangle Scrolled Tangle WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... Apr 24, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
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Course Time Tuition Status
All In the Family: An Operatic PerspectiveRegardless of who wrote the opera, the style in which it was written, the country in which it was first performed, and the date of the premiere, family relationships play a dominant role. Fathers and daughters, husbands and wives,... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Canceled
America's NavyThis course is designed to introduce students to the United States Navy - America's Navy.  We will review the history and missions of the U.S. Navy from its inception to modern times.  The course will showcase America's Navy through... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Art Therapy: A Creative Pathway for Healing and GrowthAll creative works communicate something about their maker, sometimes calculated, sometimes unprocessed.  Art therapy embraces this creativity at a deeper level as a path to enhancing self knowledge in a meaningful manner.  We will... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Burgundy, An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four week journey, across the French region of Burgundy/Bourgogne. Each week, we will focus on a sub-region or two that bring us the bounty of Burgundy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics... Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Burgundy, an exploration of wines.Join us for a four week journey, across the French region of Burgundy/Bourgogne. Each week, we will focus on a sub-region or two that bring us the bounty of Burgundy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics... Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Caregiving and DementiaJoin us as we look at many aspects of caring for someone with dementia, of which Alzheimer's Disease is  just one of 90-100 kinds.  We will cover resources and support for the caregiver as will as options for the individual.  Areas... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Chinese CalligraphyChinese calligraphy is a treasure of Chinese art and culture. Students will learn the basic calligraphy strokes and practice some simple Chinese calligraphy. It is very helpful for those learning Chinese brush painting, since... May 2, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Crafting Policy on Senior Hunger: A Community Engagement CourseNorth Carolina ranks #2 in the nation for seniors in hunger; Durham alone has 7,000 senior citizens who are food insecure. Following an orientation to the underlying causes of food insecurity among senior citizens, class members... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Guide To Local Jazz: Basic Jazz Listening"Listening is the most important thing in music," Duke Ellington wisely said. When you listen to jazz, do you wonder what it is that the musicians are doing? Wonder where the "tune" went? Want to get a feel for how jazz musicians... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 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... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Issues in Science & ReligionThe common stereotype of the “conflict” between science and religion is simplistic and misleading.  Many supposed conflicts are based on misunderstanding or ignorance, or serve ideological and political agendas; they can be resolved... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Jewish Life in Occupied Paris: The Tightening NooseThis will be a special one-session seminar based on the research Jane S. Gabin did for her novel, The Paris Photo. After a short summary of the nature of the German occupation, we will discuss the German strategy for (at first)... Apr 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Leonard Bernstein: The Man (and His Music)PLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE IS $60 AND NOT $25. Leonard Bernstein was the greatest all-round musician America has produced. During his centennial celebrations last year, a great deal of information that had been previously... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Maintaining Vitality as We AgeOur bodies are designed to move towards health and well-being.  If given the right support they will do just that.  Unfortunately, most of us get little to no guidance in how to understand the language of our bodies or what they... Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 9:00AM - 10:00PM $60.00 Available
Meditating with the Voice: Relaxation and Healing through Sound!We will explore our voices with the intention healing and relaxing our bodies.  Everything in the universe is sound and vibration.  We shall engage this notion.  Our voices will engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal... Apr 18, 2019 to May 16, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $30.00. Where 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... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Enrollment Closed
Paper Cutting: People and LandscapePapercutting 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... Apr 25, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $30.00 Available
Plant Dyes & IndigoCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... May 9, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Poetry from the Great WarPatriotism and courage; revulsion, shame, and despair; rage and regret; foolishness and clarity.  World War I destroyed combatants, civilians, cities, frontiers, and hopes.  From its devastation, however, came some extraordinary... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Religious Diversity - A Strength Or Weakness In Our Society?We live in the most religiously diverse society in human history.  Respect and appreciation for the varied identities, perceptions and views should be able to be expressed freely.  The climate today in our country challenges these... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
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,... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
The English Georgian House In The 18th CenturyMany English families became very wealthy in the 18th century and this was seen in their patronage of the arts and architecture. Many built superb country and London houses to show off their wealth, and especially their art... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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... Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Drawing & PaintingCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... May 10, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Emotional Intelligence: Getting to Know Yourself and OthersHow well do you know yourself?  If someone were to ask what your favorite sports team, favorite food, favorite song, or movie would be, you would have no problem naming it. But, what if someone were to ask you how well you knew... Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Ethics: The Good LifeIn this complicated age that we are living in, it is often difficult to speak objectively about “ethics” or “ethical behavior.” In this class, I will not tell you what I believe ethical behavior is—however, I will offer a a... Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Heroes of a Divided CultureThree generations after the American colonists transformed themselves into a federation, or a nation of “These United States,” we dis-united ourselves in a fierce confrontation, designed to test the validity and endurance a nation... Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Modern African Drama: Six Plays on the Experience of Modernity from Sizwe Bansi Is Dead to Esu and the Vagabond MinstrelsJust as Western traditions of drama have flourished since the late nineteenth century, non-Western traditions have also shown extraordinary artistic development, producing major works around the world. Accordingly, this course... Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
What's CookingCurrent research reveals that seniors who have lost a spouse have a higher risk of being malnourished.  This demonstration class will provide participants with healthy, simple to prepare recipes that target those areas of... Apr 26, 2019 to May 31, 2019 5:30PM - 7:00PM $60.00 Available
When Medicine Was PhilosophyUntil early Renaissance, medicine (like physics, chemistry, and astronomy) was considered a division of natural philosophy. Starting with the famous Greek philosopher-healers Hippocrates and Galen, this tradition produced many... Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Saturday
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Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and Food SamplingA plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned... Apr 13, 2019 to May 25, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Available
Indonesia!This course is your chance to learn about the world's third most populous democracy:  a country with 900+ inhabited islands and 13,000 uninhabited; dozens of active volcanoes; 500+ languages and dialects; a capital more populous... Apr 20, 2019 to May 25, 2019 8:30AM - 9:30AM $60.00 Available
Reading & Writing Creative ProseHave you considered writing your memoir? Do you like reading a discussing memoirs? Do you want to write a novel or short story based on a true event or even one you just made up? This class will read Beryl Markham's amazing memoir "... Apr 13, 2019 to May 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
The Language of Bridge - A Modern ApproachThis class is designed for people who dabbled with the game in college or played socially and are seeking to improve their knowledge and skills.  In this six-week hands-on class, participants will learn:The modern language of... Apr 20, 2019 to May 25, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
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Anatomy of a Museum: Behind the scenes at the NasherIn this course we will explore the complex activities, mostly unseen by the public, which grow, preserve and interpret collections, as well as present exhibitions at a university art museum.  We will learn about topics such as the... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Art and Allegory in the Early Modern Era 1450 - 1800“I could never understand allegories.  The two words in the language I most respect are yes and no.” [Mrs. Touchett in Henry James' Portrait of a Lady 1881]    By Mrs.Touchett's time, allegories had earned a reputation for being... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Art Therapy: A Creative Pathway for Healing and GrowthAll creative works communicate something about their maker, sometimes calculated, sometimes unprocessed.  Art therapy embraces this creativity at a deeper level as a path to enhancing self knowledge in a meaningful manner.  We will... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Landscape Architecture and the Shaping of America’s Public RealmDating back to the era of Frederick Law Olmsted and the creation of New York City's Central Park, landscape architects have played a vital role in the evolution of cities.  As designers and stewards of parks, campuses, public... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Meet The Artists: Conversations with the FRANK Gallery artistsREVISIONS to Descriptions: "Meet the Artists: Conversations with Frank Gallery Artists", p.16: Want to know what is going on in the local art scene? Back by popular demand, this course offers a unique opportunity to meet a cross... (Tuesdays) Apr 23, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $40.00 Available
The English Georgian House In The 18th CenturyMany English families became very wealthy in the 18th century and this was seen in their patronage of the arts and architecture. Many built superb country and London houses to show off their wealth, and especially their art... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
“Pop América” In Context: An International ExperienceThis spring the Nasher Museum offers the exhibition “Pop América,” a unique opportunity to explore the international character of Pop Art.  Using the galleries of the Museum as our laboratory, we will explore the world of Pop and... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Computers & Photography
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Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now?  You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are.  It’s not... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $60.00 Available
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) Apr 16, 2019 to May 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $75.00 Available
MacOS Numbers for Genealogy: A Spreadsheet WorkshopGenealogy research often becomes unwieldy and needs organizing. Whether you are just beginning to collect data or have a mountain of paper data at home or access to online databases of indexed family records, you’ll need some tools... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 23, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $20.00 Wait List
Microsoft Excel for Genealogy: A Spreadsheet WorkshopGenealogy research often becomes unwieldy and needs organizing. Whether you are just beginning to collect data or have a mountain of paper data at home or access to online databases of indexed family records, you’ll need some tools... (Wednesdays) May 1, 2019 to May 8, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $20.00 Wait List
Spring Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The seminar... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $50.00 Available
Website Design 101Have you ever wondered what goes into the design of a website, or tried creating one yourself but were unsure how to get started with the visual layout? In this lecture-based course students will learn how to create visually... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
Caregiving and DementiaJoin us as we look at many aspects of caring for someone with dementia, of which Alzheimer's Disease is  just one of 90-100 kinds.  We will cover resources and support for the caregiver as will as options for the individual.  Areas... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Exploring Continuing Care Retirements CommunitiesPLEASE NOTE: DATE FOR THIS COURSE IS MONDAY, APRIL 22!!!!!! The decision to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) requires a significant personal financial commitment. The key feature that distinguishes CCRCs from... (Mondays) Apr 22, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $25.00 Available
Inner Workings of the Stock Market: An insider's perspectiveSince the financial crisis of 2008, there has been much discussion about the potential for financial institutions to influence and, perhaps, even to manipulate, the stock market. This course examines the major participants in the... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 15, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Issues in Economic Development: Why the Great Differences?The main issues that have made a difference in levels of economic and social development in various regions of the world are the focus of this course. Less-developed countries still account for a major share of the world's... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Retirement CommunitiesJoin us for two class sessions in which we  explore the range of retirement community offerings while looking in depth  at Independent Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in Durham and Chapel Hill. ... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to Apr 24, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Wait List
Spending in Retirement: Current Strategies and Techniques being used by Financial Planners.How to best spend your financial assets during retirement is always a daunting task.  Given today's low interest rate environment and high equity valuations, the problem of determining a sustainable spending rate is even more... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
The North Carolina State Budget: All You Want and Need To KnowNorth Carolina's $24 billion General Fund budget and almost $60 billion total budget provides critical services to our 10.3 million residents.  This class will review and discuss many exciting aspects of the state budget, including... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Beyond Knit and Purl: Just Enough Ruffles ScarfLaura Chau's Just Enough Ruffles Scarf is a beautiful, light-weight accessory and a great opportunity to expand our knitting techniques into long tail cast-on, short rows, and ruffles.  If you can knit and purl, you are ready to... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Fruits, Vegetables, and Sea CreaturesThe participants will learn to paint assorted fruits,vegetables, and sea creatures, such as fish or shrimp. These subjects are popular in Chinese brush painting and fun to paint. You will be able to complete a painting and practice... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Chinese CalligraphyChinese calligraphy is a treasure of Chinese art and culture. Students will learn the basic calligraphy strokes and practice some simple Chinese calligraphy. It is very helpful for those learning Chinese brush painting, since... (Thursdays) May 2, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Drawing & PaintingCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... (Fridays) May 10, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Exploring Cold Wax PaintingThis six-week program explores the characteristics and potentials of painting with beeswax and oil. It is a cold-wax process which requires no heated tools or medium. The novice will be introduced to the medium and provided guidance... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Canceled
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) Apr 15, 2019 9:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 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... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Available
Learn to Knit One Dishcloth at a TimeThere's no better way to learn or review knitting techniques than by making a dishcloth or hot pad. In this self-paced class we will learn the basics of knitting by making a simple garter stitch dishcloth and then expand into color... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
No More UFOsAfter three years of knitting classes, there are enough UFOs (UnFinished Objects) flying around to warrant a class.  If you have started a class knitting project but it's still floating around, this class will help you fly through... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Paint and Collage Workshop-Style CourseThis class, which will be aimed at intermediate artists, will build on skills previously taught in the areas of abstracted painting and collage application.  Students will have more of their own art supplies, with the addition of... (Wednesdays) Apr 3, 2019 to May 1, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Canceled
Palette Knife PaintingLearn to paint simple subjects with only palette knives - no brushes. We'll use water soluble oil paints so there won't be any fumes! Along the way, we'll study color and design. You will end up with 5 or 6 small colorful paintings... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
Paper Cutting: People and LandscapePapercutting 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) Apr 25, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $30.00 Available
Plant Dyes & IndigoCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... (Thursdays) May 9, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $30.00 Canceled
Spring Salads/DressingsCelebrate the Spring through a series of half day classes with Catherine Tsintzos and the Staff at the Duke Campus Farm. The Duke Campus Farm is a one-acre working farm and educational hub dedicated to catalyzing change in the food... (Tuesdays) May 7, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $30.00 Available
Watercolor ArtHerein, artists will, using watercolor, produce original paintings.  The instructor will inspire and guide composition development and assist in painting approach and needed techniques.  This course is for painters who are somewhat... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Zentangle Dingbatz WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
Zentangle Illuminated Letter WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... (Wednesdays) May 1, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
Zentangle Scrolled Tangle WorkshopZentangle® Dingbatz Workshops: Zentangle Dingbats (with an “s”) have been used for centuries in typography to decorate book covers, to delineate chapters or sections in a book or other document; to create visual interest; to frame... (Wednesdays) Apr 24, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $20.00 Available
Zentangle® Greeting CardsZentangle® Greeting CardsIn this 6 week session, students will use Zentangle® tangles to create a unique greeting card (each week a different occasion).  Class #1: BirthdayClass #2: FriendshipClass #3: Thank YouClass #4:... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
"Titanic Sinks, 1500 Die": The Ship, the Disaster, the Culture, and Mass Media History.This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values, and social mores and will be... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
A Day That Will Live in InfamyThe events of Sunday morning December 7, 1941 have always been shrouded in mystery. The hows, whys, the shame, the anger, have stayed with us over these many years. In this short course we will attempt to delve into possible answers... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  In this magazine-format class, each week a different instructor presents a challenging topic, ranging from art to... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
America's NavyThis course is designed to introduce students to the United States Navy - America's Navy.  We will review the history and missions of the U.S. Navy from its inception to modern times.  The course will showcase America's Navy through... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Contemporary Issues In SportsThe course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2016 included the pricing of tickets, concessions, and parking; the finanacing of stadiums; the involvement in social issues; the impact of decisions... (Mondays) Apr 22, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Crafting Policy on Senior Hunger: A Community Engagement CourseNorth Carolina ranks #2 in the nation for seniors in hunger; Durham alone has 7,000 senior citizens who are food insecure. Following an orientation to the underlying causes of food insecurity among senior citizens, class members... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Heroes of a Divided CultureThree generations after the American colonists transformed themselves into a federation, or a nation of “These United States,” we dis-united ourselves in a fierce confrontation, designed to test the validity and endurance a nation... (Fridays) Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Jewish Life in Occupied Paris: The Tightening NooseThis will be a special one-session seminar based on the research Jane S. Gabin did for her novel, The Paris Photo. After a short summary of the nature of the German occupation, we will discuss the German strategy for (at first)... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Origins of American Constitutional Thought: a History of Political IdeasThis six week class and discussion forum explores the ideas that converged in the framing of the United States Constitution and the Constitutional debates leading up to the ratification of the Constitution by the States. These... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Shakespeare's World: Life in Elizabethan and Jacobean England 1564-1616In popular imagination, Elizabethan England exists as a country bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But for the people who lived it, this was a... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
The Birth of DurhamThere would be no Durham, no Duke University, nor Duke OLLI program if not for something that happened here over 150 years ago.  At the beginning of the American Civil War, Durham County and the town of Durham did not even exist. ... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
The Great Presidents: Leadership in American HistoryRanking the 43 men who have served as America's president is one of the most satisfying games played by historians. The presidency was established in Article II of the United States Constitution (1787), but it was the men... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The History of Durham and Duke University: Embracing the Past as a Guide for the FutureIn the current socio-economic environment with the challenges of gentrification, growth and development in the region, this class will explore the history of Durham and Duke University. In 1853, Dr. Bartlett Durham sold four acres... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
The Russian Civil War: The Reds, Whites, and GreensAfter the Bolsheviks overthrew the Provisional Government of Russia in October/November 1917, they faced numerous enemies ranging from royalists, seeking to restore the monarchy, to those advocating a socialist society. In this... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 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... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Theodore Roosevelt and Family After the PresidencyTheodore Roosevelt, the nation's youngest president, left office in 1909 at the age of only 51 and at the height of popularity. This course features two themes: how TR's decisions during his remaining 10 years of life changed... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Status
About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?Textbooks will be provided which can be purchased at a nominal cost of $5 if the student wishes to own it. Borrowing a textbook during the six week period is an option for no fee. PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DESCRIPTION OF THIS COURSE:... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Frankenstein at 201Please note the correct ISBN Number for the required book for this course is 0143105035. Mary Shelley's amazing novel was begun as part of a competition to write a story based on a supernatural occurrence. She was only eighteen, but... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Indonesia!This course is your chance to learn about the world's third most populous democracy:  a country with 900+ inhabited islands and 13,000 uninhabited; dozens of active volcanoes; 500+ languages and dialects; a capital more populous... (Saturdays) Apr 20, 2019 to May 25, 2019 8:30AM - 9:30AM $60.00 Available
Modern African Drama: Six Plays on the Experience of Modernity from Sizwe Bansi Is Dead to Esu and the Vagabond MinstrelsJust as Western traditions of drama have flourished since the late nineteenth century, non-Western traditions have also shown extraordinary artistic development, producing major works around the world. Accordingly, this course... (Fridays) Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Poetry from the Great WarPatriotism and courage; revulsion, shame, and despair; rage and regret; foolishness and clarity.  World War I destroyed combatants, civilians, cities, frontiers, and hopes.  From its devastation, however, came some extraordinary... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Poetry in Times of Peril: War in the 20th CenturyIn poetry of witness, poetry considers history. Nelson Mandela wrote of our course's text, "Against Forgetting is itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice."  In this course, we will focus on the poetry of... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Gilgamesh Epic: A Masterpiece from the Ancient WorldA masterpiece of world literature, the Gilgamesh Epic is composed in Akkadian, a Semitic language. Preserved on up to 12 clay tablets in versions that evolved over many centuries and cultures, it features the adventures of Gilgamesh... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 8, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $40.00 Wait List
Three Southern Novels: In Faulkner’s Wake:A ten-day funeral trek through fire and flood to bury the family matriarch . . . the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on a family already stretched to their limits . . . an Outer Banks shipwreck involving Aaron Burr's... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
U.S. Southern Autobiography in the Twentieth CenturyThe U.S. South is renowned for its fiction, but one of the richest areas of southern literature in the twentieth century was autobiography. Curiously, there was very little distinguished autobiography and memoir by southerners, at... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 14, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Canceled
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Status
Burgundy, An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four week journey, across the French region of Burgundy/Bourgogne. Each week, we will focus on a sub-region or two that bring us the bounty of Burgundy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Burgundy, an exploration of wines.Join us for a four week journey, across the French region of Burgundy/Bourgogne. Each week, we will focus on a sub-region or two that bring us the bounty of Burgundy's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 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) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Exploring Labyrinths: Walking MeditationIt is often said that labyrinth walking is perfect for "failed meditators".  Find out why in this informal class.  We will meet at three different labyrinths, hidden gems in Durham and Chapel Hill.  There will be a brief... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $30.00 Wait List
Food for Life--Kickstart Your Health: Evidence-Based Nutrition Lessons with Easy Recipes and Food SamplingA plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits can help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, "appropriately planned... (Saturdays) Apr 13, 2019 to May 25, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Available
Foodie Field TripsMany of us fondly remember 'Field Trips" as the best part of our early education. Trips give us immediate access to new worlds. Students will visit six local food and beverage sources, suppliers or producers. Some venues reflect... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $60.00 Canceled
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) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Get Down - and Back Up Again: Excerpts from the Change Your Age ProgramIn these classes excerpted from the Change Your Age® Program, you will refine your ability to move from standing to lying on the ground and then back to standing, efficiently, effortlessly—without falling, playfully and safely, like... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
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) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Maintaining Vitality as We AgeOur bodies are designed to move towards health and well-being.  If given the right support they will do just that.  Unfortunately, most of us get little to no guidance in how to understand the language of our bodies or what they... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 9, 2019 9:00AM - 10:00PM $60.00 Available
Meditating with the Voice: Relaxation and Healing through Sound!We will explore our voices with the intention healing and relaxing our bodies.  Everything in the universe is sound and vibration.  We shall engage this notion.  Our voices will engage our bodies and mind through breath and vocal... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 16, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Now What? Exploring Your Options After RetirementDealing with change...Explore what you want to do now that you are retired or soon to be.  Today you have many options; a) Working full- or part-time b) Pursuing an opportunity in a different industry c) Working from home d) Your... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Practical Wisdom: Is it possible to walk a spiritual path in today’s world?How can you put your spirituality into practice in a world of fear, distrust, and political divide? Can you really make a difference in a world facing climate change, famine, corruption and dehumanization? Is it truly hopeless or... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 7, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 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" -... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 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) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 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) Apr 15, 2019 to May 13, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The Language of Bridge - A Modern ApproachThis class is designed for people who dabbled with the game in college or played socially and are seeking to improve their knowledge and skills.  In this six-week hands-on class, participants will learn:The modern language of... (Saturdays) Apr 20, 2019 to May 25, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Wait List
What's CookingCurrent research reveals that seniors who have lost a spouse have a higher risk of being malnourished.  This demonstration class will provide participants with healthy, simple to prepare recipes that target those areas of... (Fridays) Apr 26, 2019 to May 31, 2019 5:30PM - 7:00PM $60.00 Available
Women's Dance/Exercise: Bellydance to World MusicBuild core muscles! Build strength and flexibility! Dance to beautiful international music! Have fun! This class will focus on traditional ethnic dance moves, using music from varied countries around the Mediterranean, Africa and... (Mondays) Jan 7, 2019 to Mar 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:50pm $90.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
A Taste of Improv!Experience what improv can offer you in the spirit and philosophy of 'Yes...And.'   This is a two-hour introduction to the joy and art of improv:  Easy warm-ups to invigorate your brain and get your laugh center engaged;  Group... (Wednesdays) May 8, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $20.00 Canceled
All In the Family: An Operatic PerspectiveRegardless of who wrote the opera, the style in which it was written, the country in which it was first performed, and the date of the premiere, family relationships play a dominant role. Fathers and daughters, husbands and wives,... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Good, Better, Best: The Fine Pointes of BalletBy considering dancers in the same role, this class will provide the opportunity to compare styles and interpretations. We will cover artistic changes over the years and how outside influences impact a choreographer's creations. No... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Guide To Local Jazz: Basic Jazz Listening"Listening is the most important thing in music," Duke Ellington wisely said. When you listen to jazz, do you wonder what it is that the musicians are doing? Wonder where the "tune" went? Want to get a feel for how jazz musicians... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Leonard Bernstein: The Man (and His Music)PLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE IS $60 AND NOT $25. Leonard Bernstein was the greatest all-round musician America has produced. During his centennial celebrations last year, a great deal of information that had been previously... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Music in the Movies: Into the 21st CenturyIn the third installment of this course, we will be examining trends in film composition in the late 1900s and into the 2000s.  The course will focus on a few key composers, such as Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman,... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $30.00. Where 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... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Enrollment Closed
New Horizons Band: Contra BandPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $30.00. The 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... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $30.00 Canceled
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesPLEASE NOTE THE FEE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $20.00. SWING 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.... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $20.00 Enrollment Closed
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) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Enrollment Closed
Philip Glass and the MinimalistsFocusing on Philip Glass, “one of the most commercially successful, and critically reviled, composers of his generation,” according to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, this course explores minimalism and the world of Glass... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Pink Flamingos and Time Warps: Cult FilmsLet's do the Time Warp AGAIN! Films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, Reefer Madness, It's A Wonderful Life and others have gained a following for many reasons, primarily our fascination with reliving the love we felt... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Available
The Bach Cello SuitesWe will listen to, read about, and deepen our understanding of Bach's six suites for solo cello. What is it about this music thathas made it so popular for so long? How does it convey such deep emotions? What are the origins of the... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Verismo Operas: Melodrama and Violence in Everyday LifeFew words in the operatic lexicon have been misused as regularly as verismo. Often used as a blanket term for all Italian operas written between the 1890s and the 1920s, verismo more properly denotes a type of opera marked by... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
Advanced Philosophy of Religion: Does God Exist? Part IIThis course will be available to all persons who have taken my Introductory Course to Philosophy of Religion. We will review the Cosmological, Ontological, and Teleological arguments. Then, we will move forward to discussing... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Christianity Deconstructs RacismChristianity Deconstructs Racism is a study on how the Christianity of Jesus is a powerful deconstructive force against America’s original sin of racism.  As racism evolves, Christians continue to be challenged to either speak out... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Ethics: The Good LifeIn this complicated age that we are living in, it is often difficult to speak objectively about “ethics” or “ethical behavior.” In this class, I will not tell you what I believe ethical behavior is—however, I will offer a a... (Fridays) Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Hot Topics in Islam 1Islam is one of the most debated religions which has been under scrutiny for decades in the last century. If it is one of the most misunderstood religions or not has also been a topic of discussion. This class is going to focus on a... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Issues in Science & ReligionThe common stereotype of the “conflict” between science and religion is simplistic and misleading.  Many supposed conflicts are based on misunderstanding or ignorance, or serve ideological and political agendas; they can be resolved... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Religious Diversity - A Strength Or Weakness In Our Society?We live in the most religiously diverse society in human history.  Respect and appreciation for the varied identities, perceptions and views should be able to be expressed freely.  The climate today in our country challenges these... (Thursdays) Apr 18, 2019 to May 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
When Medicine Was PhilosophyUntil early Renaissance, medicine (like physics, chemistry, and astronomy) was considered a division of natural philosophy. Starting with the famous Greek philosopher-healers Hippocrates and Galen, this tradition produced many... (Fridays) Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
A Conservation Garden: An Introduction to the North Carolina Botanical GardenThis short course will provide an introduction to the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) and its primary programs, demonstration gardens and natural areas. The Garden's research directors will provide an overview of the ongoing... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 9:00AM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Live African Safari!Do you want to see African animals live? Do you want to know more about African beasts, birds, insects, and flora? This course is for you. You will both see those and listen to Wild Earth safari guides explain what you see. Wild... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to Apr 29, 2019 12:30PM - 1:30PM $30.00 Canceled
Science Books: Some OLLI Member's Favorites“There is no Frigate like a Book, to take us Lands away,” wrote Emily Dickinson. Members of the OLLI Book Club visit new lands once a month. We invite you to join six of our members as we explore some of the science books we’ve... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 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) Apr 16, 2019 to May 28, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $70.00 Available
The Biology Of CancerCancer. Everyone’s life has been touched by it in some way, big or small. Everyone has a story about cancer. Everyone knows about it, but how many of us really understand how it works? This course is going to give a comprehensive... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
The Great Climate Change ChallengeThe course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss that:-Global warming has accelerated in recent years; approaching 1.1 C warming from the pre-industrial era-... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... (Mondays) Apr 29, 2019 to May 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Wait List
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to Apr 24, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This course will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV,... (Mondays) May 13, 2019 to May 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $20.00 Available
Drawing for People with Dementia: Using the power of ZentangleThe Zentangle (reg. trademark here) Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing simple structured patterns. This supportive class is designed for people with mild-to-moderate dementia and... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 15, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Canceled
Emotional Intelligence: Getting to Know Yourself and OthersHow well do you know yourself?  If someone were to ask what your favorite sports team, favorite food, favorite song, or movie would be, you would have no problem naming it. But, what if someone were to ask you how well you knew... (Fridays) Apr 19, 2019 to May 24, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them: A Guide to Sharing Your Values from Generation to GenerationThis course will examine the concept of ethical wills -- the why, when and hows -- of preserving your legacy of values for your family and community.  We will discuss the history of ethical wills, with roots in the Bible and Talmud... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $30.00 Available
Prohibition Redux - Potential Benefits of Psychedelics and other Vilified and Criminalized SubstancesEntheogens, also referred to as psychedelics, and other street drugs have long been vilified for political advantage. Their  enormous potential, both to treat serious mental health issues and for otherwise healthy people, was well... (Wednesdays) Apr 17, 2019 to May 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Religion in the South: Evangelical, Exceptional and How It Got That WayIn 2014, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, explains what makes the South exceptional from the rest of the United States. Indeed, the region long described as the "Bible  Belt" -- site of the... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Advanced Writing WorkshopEach class will begin with a short lecture on an appropriate subject.  We will then function as a directed writing group.  All students must be willing to share some of their writing.  Students should bring a current writing piece... (Mondays) Apr 15, 2019 to May 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
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... (Tuesdays) Apr 16, 2019 to May 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Reading & Writing Creative ProseHave you considered writing your memoir? Do you like reading a discussing memoirs? Do you want to write a novel or short story based on a true event or even one you just made up? This class will read Beryl Markham's amazing memoir "... (Saturdays) Apr 13, 2019 to May 18, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 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. If you purchased a membership during Spring 2018 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2019. If you do not have a current membership or are a brand new member, our new 2019-2020 membership is available starting March 1, 2019 and is good through June 30, 2020. 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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2019 - 2020 Membership (available March 1, 2019)
 

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 Thursday, March 28 (for Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues classes) & Friday, March 29 (for Wed, Thurs, Fri classes).

There are many ways to register.

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.

  • 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 one of Registration – Thursday, March 28.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Friday, March 29. 

Registration will open at 9 am both days.

Registration Event:

If you need assistance registering online, we will provide on-site registration support at The Bishop House on Thursday, March 28, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (for Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues classes) & Friday, March 29, from 9:00am to 12:00pm (for Wed, Thurs, Fri classes). We will have trained OLLI volunteer mentors with computers to assist you. You must have your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from the computers onsite. 

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 Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29. 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 Wednesday, March 27, 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. 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.

OLLI Instructor's Appreciation Reception
OLLI Instructors' Appreciation Reception on Sunday, April 28 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

  • April 28, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Hill House, 900 South Duke Street
  • The deadline to register is April 25, 2019
  • No Cost
  • RSVP Here

OLLI Volunteer Appreciation Event
OLLI Volunteer Appreciation Event on Tuesday, May 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

  • May 14, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Levin Social Hall at Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27705
  • The deadline to register is May 9, 2019
  • No Cost
  • RSVP Here 

Big Red Dance Project
Big Red Dance Project event on Sunday May 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  • Sunday May 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham NC
  • Parking: People's Security Building
  • Deadline to Purchase: May 8, 2019
  • Cost: $12.00

Tickets are limited. No OLLI membership required.
Register HERE beginning April 29, 2019.

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
March ‘Never let me Go” by K. Ishiguro 
April “Pachinko” by M. Lee
May “Warlight” by M. Ondaatje
June “The 6th Extinction” by E. Kolbert (this meeting will take place at Westminster P. C.)

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, April 13, 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

When Event
Thursday, March 28 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am
Friday, March 29 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
Tuesday, August 6 Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 7 Registration for Fall courses begin 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 3 pm - Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9 No classes at JRC - Yom Kippur
Monday - Friday, November 25-29 Thanksgiving Break - no OLLI classes
Friday, December 6 Last day for most Fall classes
Winter 2020
Tuesday, December 3 Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am
Wednesday, December 4 Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am
Monday, January 6 OLLI Winter classes begin
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King JR Day - no classes
Monday - Friday, February 17-21 OLLI Winter Break - no classes
Monday, March 23 Last day for most Winter classes

 

 

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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.

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.

2018-2019 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: Vacant
Communications: Aline Dawson
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 close then all OLLI classes are cancelled
  • If Durham Public Schools are delayed then all OLLI 9:00 am classes are cancelled.
  • If Durham Public Schools close early then all 3:15 pm 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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Locations

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

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