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 in addition to a number of courses that include fitness, cooking and hands on arts.

Curriculum

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

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

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

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Courses

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Course Time Tuition Status
50+ Improvisers—FUNdamentalsWant to have fun with others while expanding your creativity and sense of joy? That's what 50+ Improvisers is all about. Live more in the moment and put your life experiences to good use. You don't need the cleverness found in Whose... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Boro Sewing and MendingWork with scraps and pieces of lightweight cotton, linen, and silk to piece together your own design. Learn about the Japanese boro stitch and how a culture of making do and mending grew into a fabric revolution. Learn about... Sep 16, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Available
Collards and ConversationFall Crops at the Duke Campus Farm. Grab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three... Oct 14, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Contemporary Latin American Film: New SelectionsIn five of the last six years, the winners of the Academy Award for Best Director have hailed from Mexico. Known affectionately as the tres amigos, Alfonso Cuaron (2013, 2018), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014, 2015, and 2006), and... Sep 23, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $75.00 Wait List
Cooking with Chef 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 protein (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian)... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $65.00 Available
Cooking with Chef 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 protein (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian)... Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $65.00 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,... Nov 11, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Wait List
Durham and Duke University: Embracing the Past as a Guide for the FutureIn the current socioeconomic environment, with the challenges of gentrification, growth, and development, this class will explore the history of Durham and Duke University equally. In 1853, Dr. Bartlett Durham sold four acres of... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Federal Budget & Debt: So What?The current budget is $5 trillion and the federal debt is $22 trillion ($90 thousand per US adult). What we don't know, we can't change. Would you write a check every day without knowing what you are buying??? This is an examination... Sep 16, 2019 to Sep 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Financial Markets TodayThis seven-week course explores current topics in the financial markets and economy. It is appropriate for both the beginner interested in learning what all the fuss is about as well as the seasoned observer of the economy and... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and His ArchitectureThe American Institute of Architects hailed him as the “greatest American architect of all time.” Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the American Institute of Architects; yet, he agreed with their assessment of him. Wright... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The torrid pace of the news... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Geologic WondersA few of the wondrous features of planet Earth in ten stand-alone lectures with no prerequisites. Topics: 1. Big Crystals (occurrence and origin of large crystals). 2. Big Floods (large floods in recent history and in the past). 3.... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Get to Know Your Digital Camera: A Short CourseThis short course is for anyone who wants to get familiar with their digital camera, whether they are using a brand-new camera, refreshing their knowledge of an older camera, or looking to try out additional features. Using a camera... Sep 23, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Wait List
Hand Embroidery: A Partial History of Techniques, Artistry, and CultureEmbroidery, the decoration of textiles or other materials with needle and thread, has been a part of human history for centuries. This art has been dated back to Cro-Magnon civilization with the discovery of decorated clothing and... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
History of Aviation & AirportsAirports are fascinating organisms. While they provide the basis for the worldwide transportation system, they are like cities unto themselves. This course will take students behind the scenes of major airports: their development,... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
History of the Bull City: Durham 1997 to PresentThe course will take a "behind the scenes" look at the remarkable transformation in downtown Durham. Durham's vibrant downtown is the result of inspired leaders who had vision and persistence and were willing to take risks.... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Hitler and the Nazi PartyThe course will focus on Nazi politics and ideology and the implementation of both concepts in Germany and conquered countries. Each class will consist of three segments: an instructor lecture, viewing a lecture on DVD, and class... Sep 9, 2019 to Dec 2, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Soft Chunky CowlA soft, chunky cowl is the perfect cold-weather accessory. This course will give you the skills to take a ball of super bulky yarn and transform it into an accessory you'll be delighted to wear or gift. This is a great course to... Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Meditating with the Voice: Relaxation and Healing through Sound!We will explore our voices with the intention of healing and relaxing our bodies. Everything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion during this five-week course, as we experience vocal toning, chant, and... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Philosophy and Practice of YogaThere is so much more to yoga than being able to touch your toes! This ten-week series explores how yoga’s ancient philosophy sheds light on our modern lives. Each week will focus on one aspect of yoga. You will experience many... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting photo bland or make an ordinary image appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of photographic composition, from basics, such as the rule of thirds, to more advanced topics, such as the... Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: Lifting Your Voice"No ideas but in things."—William Carlos Williams. Poets through the centuries have created their own unique voices. Poetry expresses both simple and complex things through image, metaphor, tone, style, rhythm, sound, and more. The... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted by the Sea!Come discover Portugal and its glory, from the discoveries of the brave fifteenth-century navigators, to the soul-touching fado music and mouthwatering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) is a traditional Chinese approach to exercise designed to enhance personal life force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, and/or spiritual progress. "Qi"—literally,... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Wait List
Rodgers & Hammerstein 101On March 31, 1943, the curtain went up on Oklahoma!, the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, two Broadway veterans, and American musical theater was never again the same. Over the next twenty years... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Root CellarGrab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three offerings: Collards and Conversation,... Oct 21, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Rumor Has It . . . : The Secret, Salacious, Sexy, and Sometimes Sad Details of Your Favorite Artists (& a Few You've Never Heard Of)You may already know about Klimt's tumultuous affairs. Or perhaps you've heard through the art history grapevine that Caravaggio was a murderer. But are those stories true, or are they just tabloid rumors? In this course, we'll... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Self-Publishing Your WritingDo you have writing—a fiction or nonfiction book, an essay, poetry, a memoir or family history, recipes, a children's picture book, a short story—and wonder how to publish your work? This course explores how to independently publish... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Stock Options: Developing Strategies for Retail InvestorsOptions are not widely used by many retail investors in the stock market. However, if utilized properly, a wide variety of nuanced, risk-managed strategies can be employed. They can be used for hedging, income enhancement, or... Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
The "Silver" Screen: Hollywood's Views on Love, Sex, and Romance After 60This course will cover some recent films and a few earlier films for grown-ups. Discussions may include the casting choices, the place in the history of film, and the reality of the relationships portrayed, in the class attendees'... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $100.00 Available
The Battle of Waterloo: The Trigger to 100 Years of Changes in EuropeThis course will take a look at the Battle of Waterloo. By looking at the causes for, and result of, this battle between the forces of Napoleon and a European alliance led by the English Duke of Wellington, students will discover... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The Female American Baby Boomer: The Journey in Mass Media and PoetryBaby boomers came on the scene into a culture reeling from the impact of World War II. This course focuses on the complex mosaic of growing up female in these times through the study of its mass media and poetry. Shaping and... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Using EnglishWhy is "It is I" appropriate only in limited circumstances? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? Many of us users of English have vague or even wrong ideas about how the language works. This... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Virginia Woolf, 3 Novels & FilmsVirginia Woolf was a great observer of everyday life, and she lived in turbulent times, both politically and intellectually. Her “stream of consciousness” style exemplifies a modernist movement in which traditional forms were... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Splatter Grapes, Absolute Beginners to AdvancedIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity to learn. This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction. Every step and... Sep 23, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Wait List
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality Within Countries, Across Countries, and Across TimeProsperity and misery: how did we get here? This course will offer a broad exploration of wealth, poverty, and well-being—in the US, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people—and some countries—... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Women's Dance/Exercise: Roma (Gypsy) DanceBuild core muscles! Use your whole body to dance! Build strength and flexibility! Learn basic dance styles that trace Roma (Gypsy) influence on ethnic dance from northern India through the eastern Mediterranean. We will dance to... Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM $100.00 Available
Write with Brush or Pen and InkDip your ink pen into this three-hour workshop. Try different writing instruments, from brushes and pointed pens to broad-tip pens, with a variety of inks. Work with white and colored inks on white, black, and colored papers.... Nov 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Canceled
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
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Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
About the Latin Language: What Makes It a Classic?This course will explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. How has Latin stood the test of time? Why are its vocabulary and grammar intriguing? Where can we find Latin hiding throughout Western culture? The... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 15, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Available
Advanced iPhone PhotographyThe iPhone has revolutionized how we capture and share the world around us. Images taken by ordinary people flood every aspect of our lives. How do we incorporate a bit of ourselves into the images we take and share that with others... Oct 29, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Available
Better Dead Than RedCommunism and this country’s reaction to it played a major role in the history of the United States in the twentieth century. This course will look at Communism and anti-Communism in the United States and their impact on both... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Burning Issues in JournalismThe biggest seismic shift in news since the invention of the printing press occurred between 1999 and 2019. An instantaneous news cycle shared in the palm of a hand on a phone shattered the old paradigm of print journalism. The... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Calligraphy: The Art of Italic WritingCreate written works in elegant Gothic calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of Gothic lettering. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, which can be obtained at A. C. Moore... Oct 29, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019 11:30AM - 1:30PM $70.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds & CardsStudents will learn how to paint sea creatures such as shrimp, fish, various other animals while practicing the basic brush painting techniques.  This course is for both beginner and experienced students. Please bring the following... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint  flowers (including some holiday flowers) and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Classical Myth: In English LiteratureThis course will explore the varied ways in which poets and short story writers use classical myth to enrich their writing. We will look at poems and short stories from many centuries written by English authors or written by... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Creative Writing: Unlocking Your StrengthsTake this interactive workshop to boost your writing confidence, improve your writing process, create, and experiment, all with no grades—just fun! You will write from prompts in any form you want:  free writing, short story, lyrics... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Cybersecurity 101 + Lab: Practical Tips for Non-TechiesHow secure is your computer right now? You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. It’s not... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 12, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM $100.00 Available
Deception 101: A History of DeceptionThis course provides an overview of the history of deception, especially in regard to military and intelligence operations. However, we will examine some examples of disinformation in the political and economic realms as well. The... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:00AM $100.00 Wait List
Drawing Basics & MoreThis course is geared to both the novice and experienced artist. A "workshop" approach encourages participants to develop their own work and skills in an open discussion forum where techniques are introduced and shared. Participants... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Economic Development in Review: A Discussion of Current Leading and Prominent TopicsThis course will be a discussion of current leading and prominent economic development topics. Prior to each class, participants will receive an e-mail with readings on different topics that are related to current issues, such as... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Functional Fitness for 50+The goal of functional training is to improve the ability to do the tasks we need to do in activities of daily living; the things we like to do such as gardening and golfing; and the things we aspire to do such as dancing, traveling... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Gandhi and Nonviolent ResistanceIn this 150th year since his birth (1869), let's investigate how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Gandhi, the Mahatma (great spirit), and practiced nonviolent resistance (satyagraha). Was it through a single experience of... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 15, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Canceled
Generational Differences"They just don't get it " is a sentiment often echoed by younger generations when describing their parents or older relatives. Conversely, older generations are apt to say this younger generation is too impatient and too technology... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Available
I've Got This Yarn . . .Calling all fiber crafters who have unidentified yarn! In the first class of this course, we'll gain the detective skills needed to identify the fiber content of your mystery yarns and talk about characteristics of specific types of... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Available
Impact Investing: Aligning Your Wealth with PurposeThis course will include three sessions. The sessions will be a combination of lecture and facilitated discussion. Session 1:  What Is "Impact Investing"? Includes socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, and thematic... Nov 5, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $35.00 Canceled
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn to use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (v. 14) for improving those less-than-perfect shots, cropping and resizing images for the internet, and creating templates for special projects. Hands-on experience will include retouching... Sep 17, 2019 to Nov 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 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... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Wait List
Julian Abele: The Design of Duke University and the Price of PrejudiceAfter many years, it is now accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of the Duke University campus. Abele was a highly educated architect in the Philadelphia firm of Horace Trumbauer.... Sep 24, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $35.00 Wait List
Knit Summer Wanes Hat or Cowl: Beyond Knit and PurlFull of beautiful fall colors, Heather Storta's Summer Wanes hat and cowl are perfect for the season. If you can knit and purl, let's explore stranded color work techniques including color chart reading and corrugated ribbing by... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Latitude and Darwin: The Origins of Religion and DemographicsThis course, given by Harry Roegner, an international economist, lepidopterist, and student of Darwinian variation, is based on the findings of a lifetime of traveling the world looking for correlations between latitude and physical... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Living with Art: Private Art Collection ToursThis course, new to the OLLI at Duke art lineup, provides a unique opportunity to visit the homes of five private art collectors, each with extensive art collections, whose owners have graciously agreed to share them with OLLI.... Oct 1, 2019 to Oct 29, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $70.00 Available
New Lens: New Ways of Looking at the Third AgeNew Lens is a magazine-format class that presents challenging new ways of looking at important topics, similar to the approaches of Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics, etc. In this array of five classes, expert instructors will present... Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Philosophy in Islamic World/East: House of Wisdom to al-GhazaliIn the early medieval period, as Christian Europe lost interest in pagan philosophers, scholars in the Islamic world started studying them. Baghdad, Bukhara, and Alexandria became new centers of enlightenment. Translations of Greek... Oct 8, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Canceled
Pictorial Politics in Art: The Issues That Polarized Painters and Sculptors from the Renaissance to RodinPrompted by the adversarial political culture of today, Pictorial Politics in Art looks back to the partisan perspectives that shaped the works of artists from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (Riemenschneider, Van Eyck,... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Random Weave BasketsLearn the random weave process and create a basket to use for yourself or to gift to another. Seemingly chaotic, the random weave actually embraces several fundamental structural components and allows for a range of forms to be... Sep 24, 2019 to Oct 1, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Wait List
Sci-Fi Goes to the MoviesThe science-fiction film genre dates back to silent movies of the early twentieth century, including films based on classic literary works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. By the 1950s, movie screens were filled with alien invasions... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On: Age in Place or Move to a Continuing Care Retirement CommunityThis course explores the challenges and opportunities aging presents and the options available for extending independence and promoting quality of life through home, community, and/or continuing care services. While a spectrum of... Sep 10, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Enrollment Closed
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSept 10: Disagreeing without being Disagreeable. Professor Walter Sennot-Armstrong is one of our favorite and most thought provoking lecturers. Today for his lecture, he says “Our country is being torn apart by toxic talk and... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $100.00 Available
The 2019-2020 Opera Season: Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NCJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and North Carolina Opera during their 2019-2020 seasons. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The 2019-2020 Opera Season: Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NCJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and North Carolina Opera during their 2019-2020 seasons. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The American Civil WarThe impact of the Civil War was profound. It destroyed a quasi-aristocratic economic and social system based on slavery, created an all-powerful national government, and accelerated the rise of an industrial economy. The course will... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
The History of the Super Bowl: The Making of America's Premier Sporting EventThis course will track the history of the Super Bowl from the first game in 1967 till the current day. There will be a discussion of the game itself and the special moments that are etched in sports lore. The focus primarily will be... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility & Financial ComplexityThis course will include three sessions. The sessions will be a combination of lecture and facilitated discussion. Session 1: Family Decisions. Includes communicating with my relatives about expectations, assessing my own... Sep 10, 2019 to Sep 24, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $35.00 Canceled
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Using Apple's iMovie: Creating Treasured VideosHave you ever wanted to make your own creative videos easily and for free? Now you can, using the powerful video production capabilities of your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook laptop. Students will learn how to make effective, attractive... Oct 8, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Available
Watercolor for BeginnersThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have not done this before but always wanted to try it. Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Worldmaking (Part 2): A Roundtable DiscussionIn this continuation of the discussion course/seminar Worldmaking (Part 1), we will read the last five chapters of David Milne's Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy. Discussion will focus on five significant... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Writing for Young ReadersDo you have a family story you would like to share with the children in your life? Do you want to write a children's book but aren't sure where to start? Not sure if your story is a picture book, a chapter book, a middle grade book... Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
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21st-Century Cosmos: Exploding Universes, Gravity Waves, Colliding Neutron Stars, and Black Hole PicturesDiscoveries just in the last twenty years have radically changed our concept of the universe: how it began, how it evolved, how that evolution made our existence possible, and how it will end. This course will explore the major... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
After Retirement, Now What?Dealing 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) owning... Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 30, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Canceled
American Photography: Portrayals of Family, Friends, and StrangersThis course will demonstrate the diverse ways in which twentieth-century American photographers portrayed people. The photographers include, among others, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Nan... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Women: An Examination of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Western Women ArtistsIn this discussion-based course, we will examine European and American art made by women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history and consider the... Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Wait List
Butternuts and AcornsGrab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three offerings: Collards and Conversation,... Oct 16, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Calligraphy: The Art of Italic WritingCreate written works in elegant italic calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of italic lettering. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, which can be obtained at A. C. Moore... Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Canceled
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBaby boomers, did you know that your movement habits at age fifty and sixty will impact how you feel at age seventy and beyond? You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 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 chronic illness, or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity.... Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Wait List
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Workshop/Creative Prose WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, and memoirs to... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 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,... Oct 30, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 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,... Nov 13, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Wait List
DNA 1: Should I Have a DNA Test?How do you decide if you want to do DNA testing and, if so, which DNA test to use? Whether you want to find out about your ancestry or ethnicity, find relatives you may/may not know about, or learn whether you are at risk for a... Oct 16, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $35.00 Available
Exploring Labyrinths: Walking MeditationIt is often said that labyrinth walking is perfect for "failed meditators." Find out why in this informal course. We will meet at two different outdoor labyrinths, hidden gems in Durham and Chapel Hill. There will be a brief... Sep 25, 2019 to Oct 2, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $30.00 Canceled
Exploring Website DesignHave you ever wondered what goes into the design of a website or tried creating one but were unsure how to get started? This lecture-based course will show students how to create a visually stunning “responsive” Web design that... Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Canceled
Family Photos Workshop: Memory, Art, and ArchivesAre your boxes of family photos still languishing in the attic? This two-class workshop offers you the opportunity to consider what is meaningful about your personal trove, reacquaint yourself with the personal and family value... Nov 6, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Free at Last?: Slavery and Civil Rights in AmericaThe year 2019 marks the three-hundred-year anniversary of when Africans were traded for "victuelle" at Jamestown. The ship, probably pirated from the islands of the Caribbean, left twenty Africans at the English settlement and... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Guide To Local JazzDo you wonder where to hear jazz? Do you want to know how many local jazz musicians and venues there are? Guide to Local Jazz is for you. You will learn who is playing where in our area—by using the Locavore Jazz website links to... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind. This course is suitable for people who never played the game before or those who casually dabbled with it in... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Lincoln's Real VirtuesEveryone wants to define the man who signed his name "A. Lincoln." Abraham Lincoln is the most iconic figure in American history. He exerts a unique hold on our historical imagination as an embodiment of core American ideals and... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Mah-Jongg 101: For Beginners and IntermediatesMah-jongg is a tile-based game developed in China and currently played throughout the world. Mah-jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. The theory behind the board and tiles will be... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $50.00 Available
Painting by DesignWant to be a better painter? We all do! This course will cover the basic elements we appreciate in the paintings of the masters. We will do quick studies to loosen up and lose the fear of the blank surface. We'll study color, value... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Poetic Stories: Page-TurnersLonger poems tell dynamic stories, delivering history, biography, or fiction. We discuss three riveting works. Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard, Pulitzer Prize winner, confronts the South's racial complexities. Trethewey starts with... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part IPart 1 of Political Philosophy & Governing, in the fall session, covers six political thinkers from Plato through Thomas Hobbes and modern schools of political thought that follow their philosophical foundations of government... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we? How do our thoughts affect our world? How much does fear permeate our lives? We don't realize how often we fall into old habits and thought patterns as we move through our day. Common themes of practical wisdom are found... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Risking WordsRisking Words is a women's writing circle focused on process rather than product. Your creative spirit will find validation and freedom from expectation. You will learn Centered Writing Practice, a body-centered process that... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Selling and Buying on the Web: Exploring eBay and More!If you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying on the Web: Exploring eBay and More!If you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Available
The Intelligence Community: A Two-Class SeminarThis is a two-class seminar. The first session will introduce participants to the importance of the US Intelligence Community in protecting the nation. The class will focus on the roles, missions, functions, laws, and authorities of... Sep 11, 2019 to Sep 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Wait List
The Law, the Court, and Americans: The Constitutional History of the United StatesHaving survived special counsel investigations, Supreme Court nomination fights, and the never-ending saga of a gerrymandered nation, Americans now face a presidential election campaign in which all candidates will pledge to protect... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The Movies Go to War: 1939-1946 (Part 1)For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it has always been present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films often are dismissed... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Available
The Periodic TableThis course will focus on the discovery by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev that the known chemical elements could be listed in a periodic table in which the properties of the elements repeated themselves—rather like the notes... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The Poetry of John BerrymanJohn Berryman (1914-1972), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, was an American poet whose works reflect a troubled life, haunted by memories of his father's suicide (when John was twelve) and premonitions of... Oct 30, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Canceled
The Science Behind CookingKnowingly or not, every cook is a physicist, a chemist, a microbiologist, and an anatomist, while all of us are "food processors." Course participants will learn how basic science can improve their cooking and eating. Interactive... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Topics in Photography: Beyond BeginnerThis course will introduce experienced digital photographers to a new photographic topic every week. We’ll start with a review of the basics: exposure, composition, depth of field. Subsequent weeks will cover topics such as macro... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Tourism & World's Special PlacesTourists from all over the world seem to be crowding into the “Thousand Places to Visit Before You Die.” These include many of the planet’s special (and sometimes remote) places, including Antarctica, Galapagos, the Amazon,... Oct 30, 2019 to Dec 4, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Volcanoes and Human HistoryToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased. Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we will explore these... Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Thursday
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19e siècle en France, Part II: complexité, richesse et diversitéThis course, taught entirely in French, is geared to students with an intermediate high or advanced low level of French proficiency. In 1850, the political future of France is still unclear. Will it be an empire, a monarchy, a... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeIn the current sociopolitical environment, there is a lack of information and sometimes even disinformation about certain subjects, among them Islam. This course aims to inform the participants about the basic tenets of Islam,... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Bordeaux-Style Blends: An Exploration of WineJoin us for a four-week journey starting in Bordeaux and tracing their famous blend around the wine world. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of this miraculous blend. We will examine the... Oct 31, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Bordeaux-Style Blends: An Exploration of WineJoin us for a four-week journey starting in Bordeaux and tracing their famous blend around the wine world. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of this miraculous blend. We will examine the... Oct 31, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Chess RefreshThrough cooperative analysis and strategy, exercise your brain with chess to actively stave off Alzheimer's. Most of our students have not played for decades, but find renewed joy in revisiting this great and royal game. We will... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Cold Wax PaintingThis course is geared to both the novice and experienced artist. For the novice, this is an introduction to using cold beeswax and oil as a painting medium. For the experienced artist, this program explores the range and potentials... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Exploring Ethics: Debating Contemporary Moral IssuesWe will be reading essays by ethicists arguing each side of several important ethical issues: the morality of abortion, whether euthanasia should ever be practiced, how we should respond to world hunger, what counts as terrorism,... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Exploring Finances in RetirementInvestments can be a fun hobby in retirement! Join us as we explore the world of finance with a focus on the retiree. Over ten sessions, we will provide you with the tools to help you understand the world of retirement finances. We'... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Fall and Rise of World Disorder: A Roundtable DiscussionIn this seminar/discussion course, participants will read Michael Mandelbaum's The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth (2019) and examine why the early years of the post-Cold War world witnessed the unprecedented rise of democratic... Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Flora and Fauna in Mixed MediaUsing any combination of graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil, we will compose and execute compatible flora and fauna in realistic detail. Reference materials can be natural objects such as leaves, flowers, snails, etc. or... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Great Steals: Writing New PoemsIt has been said that great poets steal. We will be generating new poems by taking cues from wonderful poems as inspiration. We will explore and discuss a selected poem, then stretch our poetry muscles doing some in-class warm-ups... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Growing Poetry: Writing and RevisionThis workshop invites practicing poets, old and new, to explore craft and hone their skills. We open the poet’s box of craft tools to reveal ways to enhance the poems you bring in to revise. We will read, looking empathically and... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Harp Ensemble IIIJoin the OLLI Harp Ensemble as we hone our technical skills on the lever harp. Pulling from a classical music repertoire, students will learn how to practice correctly and efficiently, develop harp music fingering skills, and mature... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance," and in this course, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
It Started with SpeechMany people have compared our society today to that of 1930s Germany and fear another Holocaust. Why? What happened then that makes people say this now? Could another Holocaust happen? What can be done about it? Get answers to these... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Nature-Inspired NonfictionThe father of American nature writers, Henry David Thoreau, wrote in Walking, “I wish to speak for nature.” Our class begins with his essay, as vibrant now as in 1851, and we notice much that remains true today. We go on to read two... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $70.00 Available
Read & Discuss: Master Story Tellers Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Jhumpa LahiriMaster short-story teller Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is best known as the screenwriting talent behind many Merchant Ivory films, among them sumptuous, Oscar-winning adaptations of E. M. Forster's work. The author of a dozen novels and... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
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... Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Canceled
Shakespeare and Controversy: A Study of Four ComediesThis course will deal with four of Shakespeare's comedies, each of which has generated controversy. Petruchio's taming of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew has made that play unacceptable to many today. The role of Shylock in The... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Supermarket Chemical MagicThis course will include a series of chemistry demonstrations and hands-on experiments that can be done by children of all ages using materials readily available in supermarkets and the like. We will begin with demonstrations to... Oct 10, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (t’ai chi ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Terry Barnett Collaborative Photography SeminarComposition can make an interesting photo bland or make an ordinary image appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of photographic composition, from basics, such as the rule of thirds, to more advanced topics, such as the... Sep 19, 2019 to May 21, 2020 1:00PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Wait List
The Music of Van MorrisonVan Morrison is a music icon. But if you only know Van's catchy, early songs like "Brown Eyed Girl," you have missed out on a treasure trove of fantastic music. We will journey through the Belfast Cowboy's forty albums and hundreds... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Tuscany, an Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey across the Italian region of Tuscany. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of Tuscany's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production... Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Tuscany, an Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey across the Italian region of Tuscany. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of Tuscany's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production... Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis overview course will cover Van Gogh's life and the powerfully expressive art he produced. A self-taught Dutch post-Impressionist artist, he is one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art. Despite his... Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Available
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Yoga and Meditation: Practices for Better Physical & Mental HealthYoga is more than improving the body’s flexibility. It means union with consciousness and the energy that pervades our mind and body and the entire universe. This course integrates Patanjali’s teachings, dated two thousand years ago... Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Friday
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Amazing Beauty of NumbersEuler's Identity (e^(i*pi)+1=0) is widely regarded as the most beautiful equation in mathematics. We study the five constants in this equation and their importance as a way to study the history and evolution of modern mathematics.... Sep 20, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Art ReflectedThe appreciation of “art” covers a vast range of possible perspectives.  For this course, the instructor has chosen five differing subjects to explore, each representing a specific focus within the world of art, touching on the... Sep 13, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Basic Crochet for BeginnersCrochet can be a very portable art that you can take anywhere! Come to the class and learn basic crochet stitches, such as a chain stitch, as well as single, double, and triple crochets. You also will learn how to read patterns and... Sep 13, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Basket WeavingWeave a small market-style basket using reed. No experience is needed. The instructor will provide weaving materials and a pattern for a $15 fee, due at the first class. Please bring an old small towel, a spray bottle for water, and... Sep 13, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Boro Sewing and MendingWork with scraps and pieces of lightweight cotton, linen, and silk to piece together your own design. Learn about the Japanese boro stitch and how a culture of making do and mending grew into a fabric revolution. Learn about... Oct 18, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Available
OLLI at Duke Wine Society presents A New World Wine CelebrationEvent: The OLLI at Duke Wine Society presents A New World Wine Celebration When: Friday, November 15 5:30-8:30 PM Where: John Sprunt Hill House, 900 South Duke St. Durham, NC Cost: $25 per person - Sorry no refunds unless we fill... Nov 15, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $25.00 Available
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. In this course you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore the "8 Keys to Thriving As You... Sep 20, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Plays of Athol Fugard: Bearing Witness, Staging Resistance, and Seeking Truth and Reconciliation in Apartheid/Post-Apartheid South AfricaFor over sixty years, Athol Fugard (b. 1932) has been creating extraordinary plays about his native South Africa and about everyday life under the country's apartheid and post-apartheid regimes. Works such as Boesman and Lena, "... Sep 20, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Three Russian Films: The Genius of Sergei EisensteinThis course will deal with the last three completed films by the brilliant Russian cinematographer Sergei Eisenstein. The films are Alexander Nevsky; Ivan the Terrible, Part I; and Ivan the Terrible, Part II. The historical events... Sep 20, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Walking the Camino de SantiagoThe Camino de Santiago is a network of medieval Christian pilgrimage routes that run throughout Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The most popular route (the Camino Frances) is about five hundred miles from St. Jean Pied de... Nov 1, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Women for Elective OfficeThis five-week course begins with a brief history of women in elective office and voting. In the second week, we will examine how women have been preparing for elective office in the 2018 to 2020 period. The particulars and... Sep 13, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Saturday
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Family Photos Workshop: Memory, Art, and ArchivesAre your boxes of family photos still languishing in the attic? This two-class workshop offers you the opportunity to consider what is meaningful about your personal trove, reacquaint yourself with the personal and family value... Nov 9, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Food for Life: Kick-Start Your HealthA 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... Oct 5, 2019 to Nov 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Work and Retire?Once upon a time, "retirement" meant dropping out of the workforce entirely to pursue leisure or rest. But in the last one hundred years, we have been granted an unprecedented gift—a thirty-year increase in life expectancy. Work and... Sep 14, 2019 9:30AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Available
Sunday
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Exploring CinemaExploring Cinema is an appreciation of film through the examination of diverse genres and themes. Each week, a complete film will be screened, followed by a class discussion. This semester, the course will explore the following... Sep 8, 2019 to Nov 17, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
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American Photography: Portrayals of Family, Friends, and StrangersThis course will demonstrate the diverse ways in which twentieth-century American photographers portrayed people. The photographers include, among others, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Nan... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Women: An Examination of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Western Women ArtistsIn this discussion-based course, we will examine European and American art made by women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history and consider the... (Wednesdays) Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Wait List
Art ReflectedThe appreciation of “art” covers a vast range of possible perspectives.  For this course, the instructor has chosen five differing subjects to explore, each representing a specific focus within the world of art, touching on the... (Fridays) Sep 13, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Family Photos Workshop: Memory, Art, and ArchivesAre your boxes of family photos still languishing in the attic? This two-class workshop offers you the opportunity to consider what is meaningful about your personal trove, reacquaint yourself with the personal and family value... (Wednesdays) Nov 6, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Family Photos Workshop: Memory, Art, and ArchivesAre your boxes of family photos still languishing in the attic? This two-class workshop offers you the opportunity to consider what is meaningful about your personal trove, reacquaint yourself with the personal and family value... (Saturdays) Nov 9, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and His ArchitectureThe American Institute of Architects hailed him as the “greatest American architect of all time.” Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the American Institute of Architects; yet, he agreed with their assessment of him. Wright... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... (Wednesdays) Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... (Wednesdays) Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... (Wednesdays) Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... (Wednesdays) , (Thursdays) Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Mexican ModernismIn this six-week course, we will begin with an exploration of modernism and the Mexican aesthetic. Then we will look at the life and work of Mexican modern artists Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and others. Our survey will conclude with... (Wednesdays) , (Thursdays) Oct 2, 2019 to Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Hand Embroidery: A Partial History of Techniques, Artistry, and CultureEmbroidery, the decoration of textiles or other materials with needle and thread, has been a part of human history for centuries. This art has been dated back to Cro-Magnon civilization with the discovery of decorated clothing and... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Julian Abele: The Design of Duke University and the Price of PrejudiceAfter many years, it is now accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of the Duke University campus. Abele was a highly educated architect in the Philadelphia firm of Horace Trumbauer.... (Tuesdays) Sep 24, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $35.00 Wait List
Living with Art: Private Art Collection ToursThis course, new to the OLLI at Duke art lineup, provides a unique opportunity to visit the homes of five private art collectors, each with extensive art collections, whose owners have graciously agreed to share them with OLLI.... (Tuesdays) Oct 1, 2019 to Oct 29, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Pictorial Politics in Art: The Issues That Polarized Painters and Sculptors from the Renaissance to RodinPrompted by the adversarial political culture of today, Pictorial Politics in Art looks back to the partisan perspectives that shaped the works of artists from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (Riemenschneider, Van Eyck,... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Rumor Has It . . . : The Secret, Salacious, Sexy, and Sometimes Sad Details of Your Favorite Artists (& a Few You've Never Heard Of)You may already know about Klimt's tumultuous affairs. Or perhaps you've heard through the art history grapevine that Caravaggio was a murderer. But are those stories true, or are they just tabloid rumors? In this course, we'll... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis overview course will cover Van Gogh's life and the powerfully expressive art he produced. A self-taught Dutch post-Impressionist artist, he is one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art. Despite his... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Advanced iPhone PhotographyThe iPhone has revolutionized how we capture and share the world around us. Images taken by ordinary people flood every aspect of our lives. How do we incorporate a bit of ourselves into the images we take and share that with others... (Tuesdays) Oct 29, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Available
Cybersecurity 101 + Lab: 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) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 12, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Website DesignHave you ever wondered what goes into the design of a website or tried creating one but were unsure how to get started? This lecture-based course will show students how to create a visually stunning “responsive” Web design that... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Canceled
Get to Know Your Digital Camera: A Short CourseThis short course is for anyone who wants to get familiar with their digital camera, whether they are using a brand-new camera, refreshing their knowledge of an older camera, or looking to try out additional features. Using a camera... (Mondays) Sep 23, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Wait List
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn to use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (v. 14) for improving those less-than-perfect shots, cropping and resizing images for the internet, and creating templates for special projects. Hands-on experience will include retouching... (Tuesdays) Sep 17, 2019 to Nov 12, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Wait List
Photographic CompositionComposition can make an interesting photo bland or make an ordinary image appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of photographic composition, from basics, such as the rule of thirds, to more advanced topics, such as the... (Mondays) Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying on the Web: Exploring eBay and More!If you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... (Wednesdays) Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying on the Web: Exploring eBay and More!If you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... (Wednesdays) Sep 25, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $80.00 Available
Terry Barnett Collaborative Photography SeminarComposition can make an interesting photo bland or make an ordinary image appear beautiful. This course explores the concepts of photographic composition, from basics, such as the rule of thirds, to more advanced topics, such as the... (Thursdays) Sep 19, 2019 to May 21, 2020 1:00PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Wait List
Topics in Photography: Beyond BeginnerThis course will introduce experienced digital photographers to a new photographic topic every week. We’ll start with a review of the basics: exposure, composition, depth of field. Subsequent weeks will cover topics such as macro... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Using Apple's iMovie: Creating Treasured VideosHave you ever wanted to make your own creative videos easily and for free? Now you can, using the powerful video production capabilities of your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook laptop. Students will learn how to make effective, attractive... (Tuesdays) Oct 8, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Economic Development in Review: A Discussion of Current Leading and Prominent TopicsThis course will be a discussion of current leading and prominent economic development topics. Prior to each class, participants will receive an e-mail with readings on different topics that are related to current issues, such as... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Finances in RetirementInvestments can be a fun hobby in retirement! Join us as we explore the world of finance with a focus on the retiree. Over ten sessions, we will provide you with the tools to help you understand the world of retirement finances. We'... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Federal Budget & Debt: So What?The current budget is $5 trillion and the federal debt is $22 trillion ($90 thousand per US adult). What we don't know, we can't change. Would you write a check every day without knowing what you are buying??? This is an examination... (Mondays) Sep 16, 2019 to Sep 23, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Wait List
Financial Markets TodayThis seven-week course explores current topics in the financial markets and economy. It is appropriate for both the beginner interested in learning what all the fuss is about as well as the seasoned observer of the economy and... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Impact Investing: Aligning Your Wealth with PurposeThis course will include three sessions. The sessions will be a combination of lecture and facilitated discussion. Session 1:  What Is "Impact Investing"? Includes socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, and thematic... (Tuesdays) Nov 5, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $35.00 Canceled
Stay Put or Move On: Age in Place or Move to a Continuing Care Retirement CommunityThis course explores the challenges and opportunities aging presents and the options available for extending independence and promoting quality of life through home, community, and/or continuing care services. While a spectrum of... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Enrollment Closed
Stock Options: Developing Strategies for Retail InvestorsOptions are not widely used by many retail investors in the stock market. However, if utilized properly, a wide variety of nuanced, risk-managed strategies can be employed. They can be used for hedging, income enhancement, or... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. In this course you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore the "8 Keys to Thriving As You... (Fridays) Sep 20, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility & Financial ComplexityThis course will include three sessions. The sessions will be a combination of lecture and facilitated discussion. Session 1: Family Decisions. Includes communicating with my relatives about expectations, assessing my own... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Sep 24, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $35.00 Canceled
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality Within Countries, Across Countries, and Across TimeProsperity and misery: how did we get here? This course will offer a broad exploration of wealth, poverty, and well-being—in the US, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people—and some countries—... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Basic Crochet for BeginnersCrochet can be a very portable art that you can take anywhere! Come to the class and learn basic crochet stitches, such as a chain stitch, as well as single, double, and triple crochets. You also will learn how to read patterns and... (Fridays) Sep 13, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Basket WeavingWeave a small market-style basket using reed. No experience is needed. The instructor will provide weaving materials and a pattern for a $15 fee, due at the first class. Please bring an old small towel, a spray bottle for water, and... (Fridays) Sep 13, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Boro Sewing and MendingWork with scraps and pieces of lightweight cotton, linen, and silk to piece together your own design. Learn about the Japanese boro stitch and how a culture of making do and mending grew into a fabric revolution. Learn about... (Mondays) Sep 16, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Available
Boro Sewing and MendingWork with scraps and pieces of lightweight cotton, linen, and silk to piece together your own design. Learn about the Japanese boro stitch and how a culture of making do and mending grew into a fabric revolution. Learn about... (Fridays) Oct 18, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Available
Butternuts and AcornsGrab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three offerings: Collards and Conversation,... (Wednesdays) Oct 16, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Calligraphy: The Art of Italic WritingCreate written works in elegant Gothic calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of Gothic lettering. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, which can be obtained at A. C. Moore... (Tuesdays) Oct 29, 2019 to Dec 3, 2019 11:30AM - 1:30PM $70.00 Available
Calligraphy: The Art of Italic WritingCreate written works in elegant italic calligraphy. Students will learn the basic strokes of italic lettering. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, which can be obtained at A. C. Moore... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 23, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Canceled
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds & CardsStudents will learn how to paint sea creatures such as shrimp, fish, various other animals while practicing the basic brush painting techniques.  This course is for both beginner and experienced students. Please bring the following... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint  flowers (including some holiday flowers) and birds, which are popular brush painting subjects. The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Cold Wax PaintingThis course is geared to both the novice and experienced artist. For the novice, this is an introduction to using cold beeswax and oil as a painting medium. For the experienced artist, this program explores the range and potentials... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Collards and ConversationFall Crops at the Duke Campus Farm. Grab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three... (Mondays) Oct 14, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Drawing Basics & MoreThis course is geared to both the novice and experienced artist. A "workshop" approach encourages participants to develop their own work and skills in an open discussion forum where techniques are introduced and shared. Participants... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Flora and Fauna in Mixed MediaUsing any combination of graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil, we will compose and execute compatible flora and fauna in realistic detail. Reference materials can be natural objects such as leaves, flowers, snails, etc. or... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Wait List
I've Got This Yarn . . .Calling all fiber crafters who have unidentified yarn! In the first class of this course, we'll gain the detective skills needed to identify the fiber content of your mystery yarns and talk about characteristics of specific types of... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Available
Introduction to ZentangleThis course is an introduction to the Zentangle drawing method.  Students will learn the history and philosophy of Zentangle, the applications and the steps of creating a Zentangle tile, and at least 9 'tangles' or patterns.  We... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Wait List
Knit Summer Wanes Hat or Cowl: Beyond Knit and PurlFull of beautiful fall colors, Heather Storta's Summer Wanes hat and cowl are perfect for the season. If you can knit and purl, let's explore stranded color work techniques including color chart reading and corrugated ribbing by... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Learn to Knit a Soft Chunky CowlA soft, chunky cowl is the perfect cold-weather accessory. This course will give you the skills to take a ball of super bulky yarn and transform it into an accessory you'll be delighted to wear or gift. This is a great course to... (Mondays) Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Warm Winter HatLearn to transform a ball of yarn into a warm winter hat in this four-week hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast-on, knit, purl, decrease and bind-off stitches or as a refresher for those who... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Painting by DesignWant to be a better painter? We all do! This course will cover the basic elements we appreciate in the paintings of the masters. We will do quick studies to loosen up and lose the fear of the blank surface. We'll study color, value... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Random Weave BasketsLearn the random weave process and create a basket to use for yourself or to gift to another. Seemingly chaotic, the random weave actually embraces several fundamental structural components and allows for a range of forms to be... (Tuesdays) Sep 24, 2019 to Oct 1, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Wait List
Root CellarGrab a sweater and gather at the farm. Catherine and the farm staff will be on hand to host a morning of learning and tasting what's in season at the Duke Campus Farm this fall. There are three offerings: Collards and Conversation,... (Mondays) Oct 21, 2019 10:00AM - 2:00PM $40.00 Available
Watercolor for BeginnersThis course is a great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have not done this before but always wanted to try it. Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color mixing... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Watercolor Painting: Splatter Grapes, Absolute Beginners to AdvancedIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity to learn. This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction. Every step and... (Mondays) Sep 23, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $65.00 Wait List
Write with Brush or Pen and InkDip your ink pen into this three-hour workshop. Try different writing instruments, from brushes and pointed pens to broad-tip pens, with a variety of inks. Work with white and colored inks on white, black, and colored papers.... (Mondays) Nov 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Canceled
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
Better Dead Than RedCommunism and this country’s reaction to it played a major role in the history of the United States in the twentieth century. This course will look at Communism and anti-Communism in the United States and their impact on both... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Deception 101: A History of DeceptionThis course provides an overview of the history of deception, especially in regard to military and intelligence operations. However, we will examine some examples of disinformation in the political and economic realms as well. The... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:00AM $100.00 Wait List
Durham and Duke University: Embracing the Past as a Guide for the FutureIn the current socioeconomic environment, with the challenges of gentrification, growth, and development, this class will explore the history of Durham and Duke University equally. In 1853, Dr. Bartlett Durham sold four acres of... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Fall and Rise of World Disorder: A Roundtable DiscussionIn this seminar/discussion course, participants will read Michael Mandelbaum's The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth (2019) and examine why the early years of the post-Cold War world witnessed the unprecedented rise of democratic... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Free at Last?: Slavery and Civil Rights in AmericaThe year 2019 marks the three-hundred-year anniversary of when Africans were traded for "victuelle" at Jamestown. The ship, probably pirated from the islands of the Caribbean, left twenty Africans at the English settlement and... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
History of Aviation & AirportsAirports are fascinating organisms. While they provide the basis for the worldwide transportation system, they are like cities unto themselves. This course will take students behind the scenes of major airports: their development,... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
History of the Bull City: Durham 1997 to PresentThe course will take a "behind the scenes" look at the remarkable transformation in downtown Durham. Durham's vibrant downtown is the result of inspired leaders who had vision and persistence and were willing to take risks.... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Hitler and the Nazi PartyThe course will focus on Nazi politics and ideology and the implementation of both concepts in Germany and conquered countries. Each class will consist of three segments: an instructor lecture, viewing a lecture on DVD, and class... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Dec 2, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
It Started with SpeechMany people have compared our society today to that of 1930s Germany and fear another Holocaust. Why? What happened then that makes people say this now? Could another Holocaust happen? What can be done about it? Get answers to these... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Lincoln's Real VirtuesEveryone wants to define the man who signed his name "A. Lincoln." Abraham Lincoln is the most iconic figure in American history. He exerts a unique hold on our historical imagination as an embodiment of core American ideals and... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
New Lens: New Ways of Looking at the Third AgeNew Lens is a magazine-format class that presents challenging new ways of looking at important topics, similar to the approaches of Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics, etc. In this array of five classes, expert instructors will present... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part IPart 1 of Political Philosophy & Governing, in the fall session, covers six political thinkers from Plato through Thomas Hobbes and modern schools of political thought that follow their philosophical foundations of government... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
The American Civil WarThe impact of the Civil War was profound. It destroyed a quasi-aristocratic economic and social system based on slavery, created an all-powerful national government, and accelerated the rise of an industrial economy. The course will... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
The Battle of Waterloo: The Trigger to 100 Years of Changes in EuropeThis course will take a look at the Battle of Waterloo. By looking at the causes for, and result of, this battle between the forces of Napoleon and a European alliance led by the English Duke of Wellington, students will discover... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The History of the Super Bowl: The Making of America's Premier Sporting EventThis course will track the history of the Super Bowl from the first game in 1967 till the current day. There will be a discussion of the game itself and the special moments that are etched in sports lore. The focus primarily will be... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
The Intelligence Community: A Two-Class SeminarThis is a two-class seminar. The first session will introduce participants to the importance of the US Intelligence Community in protecting the nation. The class will focus on the roles, missions, functions, laws, and authorities of... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Sep 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Wait List
The Law, the Court, and Americans: The Constitutional History of the United StatesHaving survived special counsel investigations, Supreme Court nomination fights, and the never-ending saga of a gerrymandered nation, Americans now face a presidential election campaign in which all candidates will pledge to protect... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week the class 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... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Three Russian Films: The Genius of Sergei EisensteinThis course will deal with the last three completed films by the brilliant Russian cinematographer Sergei Eisenstein. The films are Alexander Nevsky; Ivan the Terrible, Part I; and Ivan the Terrible, Part II. The historical events... (Fridays) Sep 20, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Volcanoes and Human HistoryToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased. Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we will explore these... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Worldmaking (Part 2): A Roundtable DiscussionIn this continuation of the discussion course/seminar Worldmaking (Part 1), we will read the last five chapters of David Milne's Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy. Discussion will focus on five significant... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Status
19e siècle en France, Part II: complexité, richesse et diversitéThis course, taught entirely in French, is geared to students with an intermediate high or advanced low level of French proficiency. In 1850, the political future of France is still unclear. Will it be an empire, a monarchy, a... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
About the Latin Language: What Makes It a Classic?This course will explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. How has Latin stood the test of time? Why are its vocabulary and grammar intriguing? Where can we find Latin hiding throughout Western culture? The... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 15, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Available
Classical Myth: In English LiteratureThis course will explore the varied ways in which poets and short story writers use classical myth to enrich their writing. We will look at poems and short stories from many centuries written by English authors or written by... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Nature-Inspired NonfictionThe father of American nature writers, Henry David Thoreau, wrote in Walking, “I wish to speak for nature.” Our class begins with his essay, as vibrant now as in 1851, and we notice much that remains true today. We go on to read two... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Poetic Stories: Page-TurnersLonger poems tell dynamic stories, delivering history, biography, or fiction. We discuss three riveting works. Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard, Pulitzer Prize winner, confronts the South's racial complexities. Trethewey starts with... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Read & Discuss: Master Story Tellers Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Jhumpa LahiriMaster short-story teller Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is best known as the screenwriting talent behind many Merchant Ivory films, among them sumptuous, Oscar-winning adaptations of E. M. Forster's work. The author of a dozen novels and... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Shakespeare and Controversy: A Study of Four ComediesThis course will deal with four of Shakespeare's comedies, each of which has generated controversy. Petruchio's taming of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew has made that play unacceptable to many today. The role of Shylock in The... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The Plays of Athol Fugard: Bearing Witness, Staging Resistance, and Seeking Truth and Reconciliation in Apartheid/Post-Apartheid South AfricaFor over sixty years, Athol Fugard (b. 1932) has been creating extraordinary plays about his native South Africa and about everyday life under the country's apartheid and post-apartheid regimes. Works such as Boesman and Lena, "... (Fridays) Sep 20, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Poetry of John BerrymanJohn Berryman (1914-1972), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, was an American poet whose works reflect a troubled life, haunted by memories of his father's suicide (when John was twelve) and premonitions of... (Wednesdays) Oct 30, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Canceled
Using EnglishWhy is "It is I" appropriate only in limited circumstances? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? Many of us users of English have vague or even wrong ideas about how the language works. This... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Virginia Woolf, 3 Novels & FilmsVirginia Woolf was a great observer of everyday life, and she lived in turbulent times, both politically and intellectually. Her “stream of consciousness” style exemplifies a modernist movement in which traditional forms were... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Available
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Status
After Retirement, Now What?Dealing 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) owning... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 30, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Canceled
Bordeaux-Style Blends: An Exploration of WineJoin us for a four-week journey starting in Bordeaux and tracing their famous blend around the wine world. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of this miraculous blend. We will examine the... (Thursdays) Oct 31, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Bordeaux-Style Blends: An Exploration of WineJoin us for a four-week journey starting in Bordeaux and tracing their famous blend around the wine world. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of this miraculous blend. We will examine the... (Thursdays) Oct 31, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitBaby boomers, did you know that your movement habits at age fifty and sixty will impact how you feel at age seventy and beyond? You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Chess RefreshThrough cooperative analysis and strategy, exercise your brain with chess to actively stave off Alzheimer's. Most of our students have not played for decades, but find renewed joy in revisiting this great and royal game. We will... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
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 chronic illness, or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity.... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Oct 16, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Wait List
Cooking with Chef 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 protein (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian)... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 7, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $65.00 Available
Cooking with Chef 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 protein (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian)... (Mondays) Oct 14, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $65.00 Wait List
Exploring Labyrinths: Walking MeditationIt is often said that labyrinth walking is perfect for "failed meditators." Find out why in this informal course. We will meet at two different outdoor labyrinths, hidden gems in Durham and Chapel Hill. There will be a brief... (Wednesdays) Sep 25, 2019 to Oct 2, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $30.00 Canceled
Food for Life: Kick-Start Your HealthA 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) Oct 5, 2019 to Nov 2, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The torrid pace of the news... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Functional Fitness for 50+The goal of functional training is to improve the ability to do the tasks we need to do in activities of daily living; the things we like to do such as gardening and golfing; and the things we aspire to do such as dancing, traveling... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Generational Differences"They just don't get it " is a sentiment often echoed by younger generations when describing their parents or older relatives. Conversely, older generations are apt to say this younger generation is too impatient and too technology... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 8, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Available
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance," and in this course, we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Introduction to BridgeJoin us to explore the most exciting card game in the world, meet new people, make new friends, and keep an agile mind. This course is suitable for people who never played the game before or those who casually dabbled with it in... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Mah-Jongg 101: For Beginners and IntermediatesMah-jongg is a tile-based game developed in China and currently played throughout the world. Mah-jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. The theory behind the board and tiles will be... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Meditating with the Voice: Relaxation and Healing through Sound!We will explore our voices with the intention of healing and relaxing our bodies. Everything in the universe is sound and vibration. We shall engage this notion during this five-week course, as we experience vocal toning, chant, and... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
OLLI at Duke Wine Society presents A New World Wine CelebrationEvent: The OLLI at Duke Wine Society presents A New World Wine Celebration When: Friday, November 15 5:30-8:30 PM Where: John Sprunt Hill House, 900 South Duke St. Durham, NC Cost: $25 per person - Sorry no refunds unless we fill... (Fridays) Nov 15, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $25.00 Available
Philosophy and Practice of YogaThere is so much more to yoga than being able to touch your toes! This ten-week series explores how yoga’s ancient philosophy sheds light on our modern lives. Each week will focus on one aspect of yoga. You will experience many... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it: chee-goong) is a traditional Chinese approach to exercise designed to enhance personal life force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, physical power, emotional balance, and/or spiritual progress. "Qi"—literally,... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Wait List
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionTaijiquan (t’ai chi ch’üan), a Chinese movement system, arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes, enhances energy, well-being, and mental, emotional, and physical... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. In this course you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore the "8 Keys to Thriving As You... (Fridays) Sep 20, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Tuscany, an Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey across the Italian region of Tuscany. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of Tuscany's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Tuscany, an Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey across the Italian region of Tuscany. Each week, we will focus on a subregion or two that bring us the bounty of Tuscany's wines. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Walking the Camino de SantiagoThe Camino de Santiago is a network of medieval Christian pilgrimage routes that run throughout Europe to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The most popular route (the Camino Frances) is about five hundred miles from St. Jean Pied de... (Fridays) Nov 1, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Women's Dance/Exercise: Roma (Gypsy) DanceBuild core muscles! Use your whole body to dance! Build strength and flexibility! Learn basic dance styles that trace Roma (Gypsy) influence on ethnic dance from northern India through the eastern Mediterranean. We will dance to... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM $100.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
50+ Improvisers—FUNdamentalsWant to have fun with others while expanding your creativity and sense of joy? That's what 50+ Improvisers is all about. Live more in the moment and put your life experiences to good use. You don't need the cleverness found in Whose... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Exploring CinemaExploring Cinema is an appreciation of film through the examination of diverse genres and themes. Each week, a complete film will be screened, followed by a class discussion. This semester, the course will explore the following... (Sundays) Sep 8, 2019 to Nov 17, 2019 2:00PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Guide To Local JazzDo you wonder where to hear jazz? Do you want to know how many local jazz musicians and venues there are? Guide to Local Jazz is for you. You will learn who is playing where in our area—by using the Locavore Jazz website links to... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Harp Ensemble IIIJoin the OLLI Harp Ensemble as we hone our technical skills on the lever harp. Pulling from a classical music repertoire, students will learn how to practice correctly and efficiently, develop harp music fingering skills, and mature... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $70.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 3:30PM - 5:30PM $70.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM $50.00 Available
Rodgers & Hammerstein 101On March 31, 1943, the curtain went up on Oklahoma!, the first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, two Broadway veterans, and American musical theater was never again the same. Over the next twenty years... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The "Silver" Screen: Hollywood's Views on Love, Sex, and Romance After 60This course will cover some recent films and a few earlier films for grown-ups. Discussions may include the casting choices, the place in the history of film, and the reality of the relationships portrayed, in the class attendees'... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM $100.00 Available
The 2019-2020 Opera Season: Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NCJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and North Carolina Opera during their 2019-2020 seasons. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The 2019-2020 Opera Season: Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NCJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and North Carolina Opera during their 2019-2020 seasons. Through lecture, DVD, and live performance, we'll learn... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Movies Go to War: 1939-1946 (Part 1)For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it has always been present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films often are dismissed... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Available
The Music of Van MorrisonVan Morrison is a music icon. But if you only know Van's catchy, early songs like "Brown Eyed Girl," you have missed out on a treasure trove of fantastic music. We will journey through the Belfast Cowboy's forty albums and hundreds... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeIn the current sociopolitical environment, there is a lack of information and sometimes even disinformation about certain subjects, among them Islam. This course aims to inform the participants about the basic tenets of Islam,... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Ethics: Debating Contemporary Moral IssuesWe will be reading essays by ethicists arguing each side of several important ethical issues: the morality of abortion, whether euthanasia should ever be practiced, how we should respond to world hunger, what counts as terrorism,... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Philosophy in Islamic World/East: House of Wisdom to al-GhazaliIn the early medieval period, as Christian Europe lost interest in pagan philosophers, scholars in the Islamic world started studying them. Baghdad, Bukhara, and Alexandria became new centers of enlightenment. Translations of Greek... (Tuesdays) Oct 8, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Canceled
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we? How do our thoughts affect our world? How much does fear permeate our lives? We don't realize how often we fall into old habits and thought patterns as we move through our day. Common themes of practical wisdom are found... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Yoga and Meditation: Practices for Better Physical & Mental HealthYoga is more than improving the body’s flexibility. It means union with consciousness and the energy that pervades our mind and body and the entire universe. This course integrates Patanjali’s teachings, dated two thousand years ago... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
21st-Century Cosmos: Exploding Universes, Gravity Waves, Colliding Neutron Stars, and Black Hole PicturesDiscoveries just in the last twenty years have radically changed our concept of the universe: how it began, how it evolved, how that evolution made our existence possible, and how it will end. This course will explore the major... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Amazing Beauty of NumbersEuler's Identity (e^(i*pi)+1=0) is widely regarded as the most beautiful equation in mathematics. We study the five constants in this equation and their importance as a way to study the history and evolution of modern mathematics.... (Fridays) Sep 20, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Frontiers in MedicineNew discoveries from the frontiers of science and medicine regularly divulge more of nature’s complex blueprint of life, providing us with insights and tools for maximizing our health and well-being. The torrid pace of the news... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Geologic WondersA few of the wondrous features of planet Earth in ten stand-alone lectures with no prerequisites. Topics: 1. Big Crystals (occurrence and origin of large crystals). 2. Big Floods (large floods in recent history and in the past). 3.... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Latitude and Darwin: The Origins of Religion and DemographicsThis course, given by Harry Roegner, an international economist, lepidopterist, and student of Darwinian variation, is based on the findings of a lifetime of traveling the world looking for correlations between latitude and physical... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 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... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Canceled
Supermarket Chemical MagicThis course will include a series of chemistry demonstrations and hands-on experiments that can be done by children of all ages using materials readily available in supermarkets and the like. We will begin with demonstrations to... (Thursdays) Oct 10, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Available
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSept 10: Disagreeing without being Disagreeable. Professor Walter Sennot-Armstrong is one of our favorite and most thought provoking lecturers. Today for his lecture, he says “Our country is being torn apart by toxic talk and... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 2:00PM - 3:15PM $100.00 Available
The Periodic TableThis course will focus on the discovery by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev that the known chemical elements could be listed in a periodic table in which the properties of the elements repeated themselves—rather like the notes... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
The Science Behind CookingKnowingly or not, every cook is a physicist, a chemist, a microbiologist, and an anatomist, while all of us are "food processors." Course participants will learn how basic science can improve their cooking and eating. Interactive... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Volcanoes and Human HistoryToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased. Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we will explore these... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Burning Issues in JournalismThe biggest seismic shift in news since the invention of the printing press occurred between 1999 and 2019. An instantaneous news cycle shared in the palm of a hand on a phone shattered the old paradigm of print journalism. The... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Wait List
Contemporary Latin American Film: New SelectionsIn five of the last six years, the winners of the Academy Award for Best Director have hailed from Mexico. Known affectionately as the tres amigos, Alfonso Cuaron (2013, 2018), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014, 2015, and 2006), and... (Mondays) Sep 23, 2019 to Nov 4, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $75.00 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) Oct 30, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 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) Nov 11, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 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) Nov 13, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $30.00 Wait List
DNA 1: Should I Have a DNA Test?How do you decide if you want to do DNA testing and, if so, which DNA test to use? Whether you want to find out about your ancestry or ethnicity, find relatives you may/may not know about, or learn whether you are at risk for a... (Wednesdays) Oct 16, 2019 to Nov 6, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $35.00 Available
Gandhi and Nonviolent ResistanceIn this 150th year since his birth (1869), let's investigate how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became Gandhi, the Mahatma (great spirit), and practiced nonviolent resistance (satyagraha). Was it through a single experience of... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Oct 15, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Canceled
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted by the Sea!Come discover Portugal and its glory, from the discoveries of the brave fifteenth-century navigators, to the soul-touching fado music and mouthwatering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Sci-Fi Goes to the MoviesThe science-fiction film genre dates back to silent movies of the early twentieth century, including films based on classic literary works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. By the 1950s, movie screens were filled with alien invasions... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Female American Baby Boomer: The Journey in Mass Media and PoetryBaby boomers came on the scene into a culture reeling from the impact of World War II. This course focuses on the complex mosaic of growing up female in these times through the study of its mass media and poetry. Shaping and... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Tourism & World's Special PlacesTourists from all over the world seem to be crowding into the “Thousand Places to Visit Before You Die.” These include many of the planet’s special (and sometimes remote) places, including Antarctica, Galapagos, the Amazon,... (Wednesdays) Oct 30, 2019 to Dec 4, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Wealth, Poverty, and Well-Being: Inequality Within Countries, Across Countries, and Across TimeProsperity and misery: how did we get here? This course will offer a broad exploration of wealth, poverty, and well-being—in the US, in other nations, across countries, and across history. Why are some people—and some countries—... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Women for Elective OfficeThis five-week course begins with a brief history of women in elective office and voting. In the second week, we will examine how women have been preparing for elective office in the 2018 to 2020 period. The particulars and... (Fridays) Sep 13, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
Work and Retire?Once upon a time, "retirement" meant dropping out of the workforce entirely to pursue leisure or rest. But in the last one hundred years, we have been granted an unprecedented gift—a thirty-year increase in life expectancy. Work and... (Saturdays) Sep 14, 2019 9:30AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Available
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Workshop/Creative Prose WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, and memoirs to... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Creative Writing: Unlocking Your StrengthsTake this interactive workshop to boost your writing confidence, improve your writing process, create, and experiment, all with no grades—just fun! You will write from prompts in any form you want:  free writing, short story, lyrics... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Great Steals: Writing New PoemsIt has been said that great poets steal. We will be generating new poems by taking cues from wonderful poems as inspiration. We will explore and discuss a selected poem, then stretch our poetry muscles doing some in-class warm-ups... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Growing Poetry: Writing and RevisionThis workshop invites practicing poets, old and new, to explore craft and hone their skills. We open the poet’s box of craft tools to reveal ways to enhance the poems you bring in to revise. We will read, looking empathically and... (Thursdays) Sep 12, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Poetry Writing: Lifting Your Voice"No ideas but in things."—William Carlos Williams. Poets through the centuries have created their own unique voices. Poetry expresses both simple and complex things through image, metaphor, tone, style, rhythm, sound, and more. The... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 18, 2019 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Risking WordsRisking Words is a women's writing circle focused on process rather than product. Your creative spirit will find validation and freedom from expectation. You will learn Centered Writing Practice, a body-centered process that... (Wednesdays) Sep 11, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Self-Publishing Your WritingDo you have writing—a fiction or nonfiction book, an essay, poetry, a memoir or family history, recipes, a children's picture book, a short story—and wonder how to publish your work? This course explores how to independently publish... (Mondays) Sep 9, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Writing for Young ReadersDo you have a family story you would like to share with the children in your life? Do you want to write a children's book but aren't sure where to start? Not sure if your story is a picture book, a chapter book, a middle grade book... (Tuesdays) Sep 10, 2019 to Nov 19, 2019 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Writing Nonfiction Narratives: Writing Stories Like Those in Chicken Soup for the Soul AnthologiesStudents will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader. These true narratives are always inspirational, often poignant, and frequently humorous. Mastering the personal essay benefits writers whose goal is... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) , (Wednesdays) , (Thursdays) , (Fridays) Sep 23, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM $60.00 Wait List
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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 or call 919-684-6259 to register by phone. Annual membership dues are $45 (payable when you first sign up for courses during the school year). Memberships are good for the academic year. If you purchased a membership during Spring 2019 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2020. 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.

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Registration

Registration Dates

OLLI members registering for classes held on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, August 6 at 9am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, August 7 at 9am

Please Note: If you would like to use a credit card to pay for membership and/or courses, you must register either online or by phone.
 

There are three ways to register.

1.    Online Registration: Duke Continuing Studies’ website makes it easy for you to register! Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Student Login,” enter your registration user name and password, and then click “Continue.” There are now several ways to find your course. Please Note: We will no longer provide in-person online registration assistance. 

  • 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.

2.    Paper Registrations: You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog. Please deliver or send your form to the Bishop’s House no sooner than Monday, August 5, and it will be processed on the appropriate Registration Day (s) in the order received. Please note: no checks will be accepted from persons using the paper form. You will be invoiced after registration. You must pay within (5) business days of receiving the invoice, or you will lose your course registration. We charge a fee of $35 for all returned checks for insufficient funds.  If you wish to pay by credit card, you must register online or by phone.

3.    Phone Registrations: If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) any time after 9:00am on Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7. 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. 

Payments

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

Members who register by paper will be sent an invoice. Invoices must be paid within five days. Failure to do so will void course registration.
 

Refund Policy

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

 

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Activities & Special Interest Groups

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. 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.

How to Cultivate Healing and Inner Peace (Tom Spector)
Description: This course is designed for everyone, even people who believe they could never meditate. With over 40 years' experience, Tom's teachings are crystal clear and easy to follow.
Date: October 1, 8, 15  2019
Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM
Location: Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham NC 27701
Cost: No charge, but you must register.  
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Introduction to Yoga: A Three Session Series (Joanne Spector)
Description:
Yoga quiets the mind and increases body awareness. It decreases tension and stress while increasing a sense of well being. Each one hour class will begin and end with relaxation.
Dates: 10/10/2019, 10/17/2019, 10/24/2019
Time: 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Hatha House, 5216 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
Cost for all three dates: $25
Deadline: October 2
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CampaignZERO: How to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe (Nancy Ruffner)
Description:
CampaignZERO is a 60-minute, informative, and thought-provoking presentation that teaches us how to keep a loved one safe and sound in the hospital.
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
Location: Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham NC 27707
Cost: $10
Deadline to Register: October 11
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OLLI Film Series - The Rise and Fall of Liberty
Description: At this special screening for OLLI members, Durham filmmaker Carol Thomson will introduce her 2017 documentary,"The Rise and Fall of Liberty," which tells the story of the 80-year lifespan of the Liberty Warehouse and draws parallels with the evolution of downtown Durham.
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: The Chelsea Theatre, 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Cost: $10.00
Deadline to Register: October 14 or when it sells out
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OLLI Fall Walk and Learn – NC Botanical Gardens
Description: Garden guides will lead the group on a one-hour walk through display gardens, sharing plants in bloom or of particular interest, the garden’s history and mission, and why gardening with native plants is so important. The group will be limited to 25 people and unlike past free Walk & Learn events, a $5 fee is being charged by the facility to provide us with two guides. The $5 fee is nonrefundable. 
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00 PM
Location: North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Cost: $5 (nonrefundable)
Deadline to register: October 18, 2019
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Special Interest Groups

Book Group

This informal group reads contemporary literature and meets on the second Monday of every month at 3:15pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Rd. For more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755.

Oct. 14 “The Accidental President: Harry Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World” by A.J. Baime
Nov. 11 “Gradle Bird” by J.C. Sasser
Dec. 9 “The Woman who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone

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 year round, 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, but you will need to contact coordinator Judy Stafford at 919-383-7172 or judy.stafford@alumni.duke.edu for more information.

Language Tables
Language Tables are a great way for OLLI at Duke Members to keep up their foreign language skills. These informal groups meet to discuss current events and build friendships using their love of the language.

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 (emilyjlees@gmail.com) 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 from 12:45-2:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month (Sept.-April) at Mi Peru restaurant, 4015 University Drive, Durham (www.miperupci.com). We welcome Spanish speakers from all levels to join in practice of conversational Spanish. Please contact Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining us. 

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

Mystery Book Club
Whether you HAVE a clue, or not, this book club may be for you.  We meet once a month to discuss mystery books our members have designated worthy and interesting to share with the group. 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 nonfiction science books on topics including biology, evolution, the physical sciences, medicine, the environment, economics, and biographies of famous scientists. The group is open to all regardless of background, and no registration is required. You DO NOT have to be an OLLI member to participate in this book club. The group usually meets the first Thursday of the month from 3:15 pm to 4:45 at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry St, Durham, NC 27705. 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.

The OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group
The OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group (Policy Group) is designed for those who have an interest in discussing and pursuing important international, national and local public policy issues. We attend lectures/events at the Sanford School for Public Policy, and meet monthly near Duke Campus. Coordinators: Larry Reed (lgreed3@gmail.com) or 919-452-3896 & Jim Hollowood (jhollowood@gmail.com).

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Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members

Please read carefully as some dates have changed.

When Event
Fall 2019
Tuesday, August 6 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 7 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am
Monday, September 9 Most OLLI Fall classes begin
Tuesday, September 30 No classes at JRC - Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday, October 8 No classes at JRC after 3 pm - Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9 No classes at JRC - Yom Kippur
Monday-Friday, October 21-25 OLLI Fall Break - No OLLI classes
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 13 OLLI Winter classes begin
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King JR Day - no classes
Schedule revision No Winter Break
Monday, March 23 Last day for most Winter classes
Tuesday, March 24 Make up dates for Winter classes (afternoon only)
Wednesday, March 25 Make up dates for Winter classes (afternoon only)
Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 Make up dates for Winter classes
Spring 2020
Tuesday, March 24 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am
Wednesday, March 25 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am
Monday, April 13 OLLI Spring classes begin
Friday, May 22 Last day for most Spring 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, 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.

Are you new to OLLI at Duke? One of the best ways to meet new people is to volunteer for the Social Activities & Hospitality Committee. Consider organizing an activity or outing to learn more about a favorite North Carolina attraction; we are looking for members to coordinate trips to the Duke Lemur Center, the North Carolina Zoo, Cedar Creek Gallery or potteries of Seagrove, museums in Raleigh and wineries of the Yadkin Valley. Volunteers do everything from organizing outings to pouring wine.  Extra hands are always needed to greet people at convocation and OLLI Socials. These activities are great ways to meet new people and learn more about OLLI at Duke and Durham. If you are interested, please contact cmabrons@gmail.com

 

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

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

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

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

Founded in 1977 as a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, DILR/OLLI has grown from its 42 original members to over 2,400 each year, with a curriculum of over 140 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 the director at 919-684-2703.

2019-2020 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

President: Matt Epstein
Vice President: Marion Jervay
Past President: Alex Vaux

Recording Secretary: Mike Bahnaman

At-Large Advisors (three-year term)

Term Ending 2020: Staurt Kaplan, Alan Teasley
Term Ending 2021: Margaret Brill, Abdul Waheed

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

Community Engagement: Virginia Lee
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Ginny Knight
Membership: Rosemary Dineen
IT: Howard Koslow
Member Relations: Beth Timson
Social Activities & Hospitality: Chris Abrons
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, Betina Huntwork

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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?

Inclement Weather Policy

OLLI at Duke follows the lead of Durham Public Schools regarding Severe Weather Schedule.

  • If the Durham Public Schools are open, OLLI classes and activities will be held. 
  • If the Durham Public Schools are closed, all OLLI classes and activities are cancelled.
  • If Durham Public Schools delay opening, OLLI classes and activities that start before 10:00 am are cancelled.
  • If Durham Public Schools close early, OLLI classes and activities that begin at 3:00 pm and later are cancelled.

Please check your email before you leave for class. There may be instances where OLLI classes are in session and a particular instructor cannot travel due to weather conditions. In those cases, OLLI members can expect to receive an email from their Instructor and/or the OLLI office if their class is cancelled.

Regardless of the weather or road conditions, every OLLI member and instructor needs to make his/her own decision about whether or not it is safe to travel. Please use good judgement. Since OLLI hosts classes at sixteen different locations in the Triangle, road conditions can vary considerably.

Where can I get lunch between OLLI classes?

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

Are OLLI facilities accessible?

Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please 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 made within five business days following the first class meeting. After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke Staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped. If a course is cancelled by OLLI at Duke, no charge will be incurred by members. For more information and our refund policy, please see the registration section of this website. Please note: Membership dues are nonrefundable.

How long does my membership last? 

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

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Locations

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

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