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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2020 Trends in PsychologyThis course will look at a number of emerging issues in psychology, including but not limited to tele-health, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, social media influence, advances in the treatment of depression, PTSD and... Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit a Sweater That FitsIf you can knit and purl, you are ready to make a sweater. We'll start with a pattern that comes in sizes newborn to 4XL, so that you can knit for a grandchild, yourself, or another adult. We'll cover everything you need to know to... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Building Duke University ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Consumer's Guide to Healthcare AdvocacyDo you know how to get the health care you need and deserve or how to keep someone safe in an acute care setting? Learn strategies to become a better health care consumer in a system that shows no signs of getting any easier to deal... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Creative Writing: How to Unlock 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... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 9, 2020 1:30PM - 4:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Dance/Exercise for Women: Ethnic Dances from the MediterraneanCore exercise! Dance to world music! In this course, we learn ethnic dance styles that build core muscles and strengthen backs, abs, legs, and graceful arms. We will focus on dance styles that exercise the whole body and that come... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:50PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Diversity in Durham: Connecting and Partnering in the TriangleWith the current socioeconomic environment and the population growth in the Triangle, citizens are being challenged as new people move in from diverse communities around the world. As citizens, the goal is to think locally but act... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Erotic Writing for WomenThis course will explore erotic writing as a life-affirming practice. The activities in the course are designed for women who are new to writing, as well as for experienced writers who are new to erotica. We will draw on memory and... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Feb 24, 2020 to Mar 2, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Foundations of ColorCreating a specific color from scratch can be one of the biggest challenges and rewards of making art. This hands-on course will equip students with the foundational skills to see and replicate the colors they encounter in art and... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Feb 3, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Gothic CalligraphyCreate 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... Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Immunity and the EnvironmentThe immune system is not a standalone system and can be strongly influenced by environmental factors. This course will familiarize students with the classical functions of the immune system as well as with exciting and revolutionary... Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... Mar 2, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
It Didn't Start with AuschwitzWith the rise in hate groups, hate crimes, and anti-Semitic incidents, many believe our society is showing signs similar to those in 1930s Germany that led to the Holocaust. So what did happen then? Why were the Jews targeted, and... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Jews in the New World: 1492-1812This course is a survey of the emigration of Jews to the New World from the time of Columbus's discoveries to the American War of 1812. The course will include: how Jews influenced events that culminated in the creation of the... Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Learn to Knit a Triangular ShawlShawls are a popular fashion accessory that provide color and interest for any outfit. They also provide an extra layer on a chilly day. Learn to knit a shawl using one or two colors of yarn. The instructor will provide the pattern... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Listening To Music: Modern and PostmodernA composer of very complex music writes, “I think the listening experience is extraordinarily complex, spontaneous, intuitive, naïve, and sophisticated, all at the same time.” Sharing the joy of new music, whether you’re discovering... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Moby-Dick: Chasing the White WhaleHerman Melville’s canonical American novel only became the object of critical acclaim and widespread popularity more than seventy years after its 1851 publication. The dramatic, harrowing story of a charismatic, totalitarian... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Nine Artists: Resetting the Course of Modern ArtThis course will examine the work of nine artists to understand how their seminal insight impacted a century of art and forever changed the way we see. Through an examination of their work, we will analyze the influence of Claude... Jan 27, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Preparing for VictoryThe United States exited World War I in debt and questioning why the country had entered a European conflict that should never have happened. In the 1920 election, Warren Harding ran against Woodrow Wilson’s legacy and won easily.... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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,... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Religions of NC: A HistoryThis is a survey course on the history and heritage of religious groups that have existed and continue to exist in North Carolina. We will look at the beliefs of each religious group as well as their historical presence in the Old... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Religious Diversity: A Strength Or Weakness In Our SocietyWe are blessed to be living in the most religiously diverse society in human history. Respect for and appreciation of various religious identities, perceptions, and views should be able to be expressed freely and comfortably. The... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare's England: A World Turned Upside DownShakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. In popular imagination, this was an era bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discoveries, military victories, and literary... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The American Colonies 1607-1776This course will take a look at the development of the American colonies from 1607 to 1776. It will analyze the establishment of each of the thirteen British colonies in North America and the social, political, economic, and... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Art of CookingDavid 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) and... Feb 3, 2020 to Mar 2, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Cold War & Other AdventuresThe Cold War as we typically view it ended in 1991. Activity in various streams of influence suggests the war is not entirely over. This course is intended to review the beginnings of the Cold War and how politics and economics... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Road to Full Frame 2020The twenty-third annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 2-5, 2020, in downtown Durham. This course will provide a “behind the screens” view of the festival. The sessions are designed to prepare you either to... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Road to Full Frame Part 2The twenty-third annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 2-5, 2020, in downtown Durham. This course is designed for those who have already taken the course The Road to Full Frame with Alan. This course will... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Women Artists of Surrealism: An Art Appreciation ClassThis course will explore a selection of women artists who significantly contributed to the Dada/surrealist movement of the twentieth century. These female artists are often overlooked in historical narratives of this male-dominated... Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 16, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Watercolor Painting: Bluebirds and BlackberriesIf you have always wanted to paint but never had success or never even tried, this is the opportunity to learn. In this active, hands-on course, every step and technique will be demonstrated as we work together to complete a ready-... Feb 17, 2020 to Mar 16, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Winter Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The seminar... Feb 24, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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"An Eye for an Eye" in the Arts: Revenge in Literature, Theater, and PaintingsRevenge, as the adage goes, is a dish best served cold. Nonetheless, the intensity of this subject heats up the page, stage, and canvas of classic and contemporary art. The desire to retaliate for grievous wrongs governs works as... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
10-Week Medical SchoolThis course will cover, in an obviously abbreviated fashion, much of what is taught in the first two years of medical school. The history of medicine and medical terminology will be covered first, in order to be able to navigate the... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Adult Attachment: The History and Science of LoveIn this three-session course, we will begin with the history of pair-bonding throughout the centuries, including the changing expectations over the past one hundred years (from rural life to industrialization), the 1950s, the... Feb 4, 2020 to Feb 18, 2020 9:30AM - 12:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
American Art in the 1950sIrving Sandler entitled his account of American art of the 1950s "The Triumph of American Painting." In this course, we will look at what may be the most important period in American art (we’ll stretch it from 1945 to 1962), when... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Book History in Western EuropeFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapesLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes including mountains, rivers, trees, and figures. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Climate Change the ChallengeThis course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss the following. Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 degrees Celsius warming from the... Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 11, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Down Homes: Variations on the "Southern Thing"In his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, the journalist W.J. Cash remarked that, “If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains there is also one South.” Flip that statement around and it’s equally true. Using Durham... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Durham's Dukes: The Family and the UniversityResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 3, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Foundations of Animal BehaviorDo you love watching nature documentaries but wish David Attenborough would tell you more? If so, this course is for you. This survey course will cover the foundations of animal behavior—from bees to baboons, mechanisms to evolution... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 5:30PM - 7:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Groundwater Hydrogeology in NCThis is a general introductory course on "big picture" subsurface groundwater hydrogeology processes. The course will include eight one-and-a-half-hour lectures that will cover: surface and groundwater flow, wells, water development... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Happiness and Well-Being: A Practical GuideSocial scientists suggest that approximately 40 percent of our happiness comes from intentional activities we do in everyday life. This course will provide science-based theory and easy-to-do activities to help us improve our... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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 nine “tangles” or patterns. We... Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 11, 2020 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Let's Read in French: "Le Bonheur N'a Pas De Rides"Anne-Gaelle Huon is a young, popular French writer whose books are on the best-seller lists. Her novel Le Bonheur N'a Pas De Rides is filled with colorful characters. It is written with humor and with insight into human frailties.... Jan 28, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Living with Art II: 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.... Feb 18, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
macOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... Jan 21, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Mathematics of VotingElections and voting are crucial to the proper functioning of a democracy. And underpinning our election procedures is mathematics. In this course, we explore voting systems as mathematicians see them. We investigate the history of... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Modern and Contemporary Art: The Nasher Museum at Duke University This course is offered as a joint program of OLLI and the Nasher Museum. OLLI members will need to also be members of the Nasher Museum to take this course. The Nasher is offering a half-price membership to OLLI members enrolled in... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
More WatercolorThis course is for those who are proficient in basic watercolor painting techniques, such as glazing, wet in wet, saving whites, negative painting, controlling edges, color, values, and composition control. Now students will paint... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Photo Editing Refresher: PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... Jan 21, 2020 to Mar 10, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Reimagining Religion for TodayThe imminent end of religious America is here and now. Many people no longer identify with any spiritual tradition; churches are losing members, and some are closing; more people are identifying as atheists or agnostics. Our... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Socialism, Communism, Terrorism: Russia, France, and FinlandThis course will follow the tension between dictatorial governments and attempts at social and political reform in late nineteenth-century Europe. Actual historical events, people, and movements will be woven together in an analysis... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Stay Put or Move On: Age in Place or Move to a Continuing Care Retirement CommunityThis course explores how to provide for continued independence as aging progresses and needs change. Focusing on aging in place and retirement communities, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging and the... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 31, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Surviving in a Bear Market: Tips for RetireesThis course will review lessons learned from the 2008 bear market and some of the strategies that worked well versus those that led to greater losses. We will discuss how retirees can marry their risk tolerance with an investment... Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia is one of OLLI’s longest running invited speaker series. Among its not-so-secrets of success is that each lecture is presented by a different speaker, often one taking an afternoon off from a busy professional schedule to... Jan 7, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 2:00PM - 3:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Art of the AlbumWith the introduction of the LP (long-playing) record in 1948, listeners could enjoy music in a more extended and convenient format than ever before. The advent of the LP also offered exciting new opportunities for artists and... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 3, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Latin Language: Delving DeeperThis course will take a close look at the mechanics of the Latin language: its morphology and syntax. Topics to be discussed include: noun/adjective cases and declensions, past tense verbs used in relating stories, subject-verb... Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The WWII Diary of Odd NansenHailed by the New Yorker magazine as one of the most compelling documents to come out of World War II, "From Day to Day" is a concentration camp diary written by a Norwegian named Odd Nansen. Nansen, the son of the famous polar... Feb 25, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $25.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Three American PoetsWe will read from the works of three outstanding mid-twentieth-century poets: James Wright (1927-1980), Anne Sexton (1928-1974), and William Matthews (1942-1997). The lives of all three were tragically cut short, by cancer (Wright... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Weave or Knot!In this "learn to weave" course, we will build a small rigid heddle, prepare the cotton warp, set up the loom, and weave using standard weaving terminology and, yes, knots. In subsequent classes, we will learn how to weave with... Jan 28, 2020 to Feb 25, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Work as the Pleasure-Driven Life: Theory and PracticeFrom our first efforts to hold up our heads, our lives involve work. Our work forms us. Though sometimes understood as the curse of Genesis 3, Abraham Maslow wrote, “Duty is pleasant, and the fulfillment of duty is pleasure.” How do... Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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50+ Improvisers—FUNdamentals+Want 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... Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 12, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Addicted, Homeless or ImprisonedJoin us as we explore this often misunderstood world. We will be introduced to the interesting faces, stories, and facts surrounding the opioid crisis, street people, the imprisoned, and often banished people within our community. A... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Chair Caning: Fix That Broken SeatThis course is on the art of chair caning. Students will provide their own chair or stool that needs a new hand-woven seat. No experience is necessary, but some dexterity with handwork is recommended. Course materials will be... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 4, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFor baby boomers: Did you know that your movement habits at age 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... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Evolution RevisitedIt has been over 150 years since Darwin published his revolutionary theory of natural selection and gradual species transformation. Yet "Darwinism" remains a much debated hypothesis. Fossil finds, biochemical evidence, computer-... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Fantastic Forms: Writing New PoetryPoetry forms, ancient and modern, have long been used to inspire poets to create new exciting work. Here we will briefly study a form by reading outstanding examples of that form, then do some in-class warm-ups to prepare to write... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchIf you've taken several genealogy courses, but are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward, this class is for you. This class is NOT a how-to-do genealogy class; it for teaching you how to be more... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:30AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy VI A: Beginner Course: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeAfter testing for genealogy with a DNA testing company, what do you do? How do you use the information from the company to identify relatives and build relationships in your family tree? This course will start with developing an... Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 5, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy VI B: Intermediate Course: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeOnce you have used the genealogy tools available on your DNA test company’s website, what more can you do to gain a greater understanding of the results? This course is intended for individuals with some experience using DNA genetic... Feb 19, 2020 to Mar 25, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
George Catlett MarshallIn World War II, a war unparalleled in magnitude and in honor, millions of Americans gave their country outstanding service. The general of the United States Army, George C. Marshall, gave it victory. Statesman and soldier, he had... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648. After a brief review of chronology, each class will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, the importance... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Intro to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a process to create three-dimensional objects by depositing layers of material under computer control. In this course we’ll use a consumer-level 3D printer to learn the basic workflow to... Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning digital camera photographers with a broad introduction to their chosen medium. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages and disadvantages of various megapixel levels in... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to Mosaic ArtExplore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. The history of mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as mosaic art examples and installations from artists around the world. Students will learn about... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:00PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Magic Tricks for GrandparentsHave you always wanted to know how to do magic tricks? Well, two magicians have teamed up to bring you a magic course at OLLI. They will cover card and rope tricks, coin magic, tricks with everyday items, and math magic. Tricks will... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
More Drawing ChallengesThis course builds upon the student’s drawing skills and practices, at any experience level. Whether responding to a work in progress or to weekly challenge suggestions, this course is focused on helping each student realize his or... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Philosophy of Art and AestheticsA reasoned investigation into the nature of art and the nature of aesthetics. How do the two interrelate? Is there an objective basis for either one, or do they reside in our subjective experiences? What role do our emotions play?... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Poets of Passion and CompressionJohn Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), and Wallace Stevens wrote new poems unlike any before them and profoundly influenced poets who came after. Among their greatest attributes are passion and compression. Like... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part 2This course is Part 2 of Political Philosophy & Governing, which follows Part 1 and covers eight political thinkers from Niccolo Machiavelli through Edmund Burke and modern schools of political thought that follow their... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pulitzer Poets Kumin and Hass: Celebrated VoicesThe poetry of Robert Hass and Maxine Kumin extends into the twenty-first century. Both were US poets laureate. Kumin, a New England writer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. In nineteen books of poetry, her work powerfully engages... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Selected Poetry of Robert FrostRobert Frost spent his early childhood in the bustling streets of San Francisco. Later, after a decade as a part-time farmer, he found his first success in England at the age of thirty-eight. Often thought of as the most American of... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Tax-Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Is a Roth conversion "tax smart" for you? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch... Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Golden Age of Rock Music: May I Introduce to You the Act You’ve Known for All These YearsThe ten-year period from 1964 to 1973 was a time during which many things changed. In popular music, we experienced a surge of creativity and artistry that was unprecedented before and unequaled since. Join us as we explore the... Jan 22, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Language of Bridge - A Modern Approach to BiddingThis class is designed for people who dabbled with bridge in college or played socially and are seeking to improve their knowledge and skills.  In this hands-on class, participants will learn the modern language of bidding and how... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:30AM - 11:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Movies Go to War: 1939-1946 (Part 2)For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it remains present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films are often dismissed as so... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course is about the Ottoman Empire, from its founding in Anatolia in about 1300 to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. The course will examine the dynastic, military, economic, political, and social aspects... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Thursday
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Alsace, Germany, and Austria: An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey through Alsace, Germany, and Austria. Each week, we will focus on one of these areas that offers wines with long names from cold climates. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 6, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Alsace, Germany, and Austria: An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey through Alsace, Germany, and Austria. Each week, we will focus on one of these areas that offers wines with long names from cold climates. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 6, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Artificial Intelligence: From the Cognitive Revolution to Flying Cars (Part 1)AI is incrementally creeping into nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. Those who do not understand AI run the risk of being left behind. Understanding AI requires a steep learning curve and can be overwhelming, even for... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 5:30PM - 7:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider, while finding you’re watching fewer channels or wanting to watch a great show that's not on cable? This course will guide you through the maze of TV and streaming... Feb 6, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Diplomacy—Part 1: A Roundtable DiscussionIn this seminar/discussion course we will read the first ten chapters of Henry Kissinger's classic work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include William of Orange and William Pitt, the post-Napoleonic Concert of Europe, Europe's... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Easy WordPress WebsitesEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 27, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Flying Small AircraftMany of us have, on occasion, looked up at the sound of a small airplane overhead and thought about what it would be like to be in it, or even to fly it. In this course, we will take a look at the many aspects of flight and flying,... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
From Highlanders to Tar Heels: Scottish Highland Heritage in the CarolinasThousands of families emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to Cape Fear in the Carolinas between the 1730s and early 1800s. There is still a high density of people of Scottish Highland ancestry in the region, but more fantasy than... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Fur and Feathers: Colored PencilWe will focus on birds and mammals of North America in their natural habitats. The emphasis will be on rendering the feathers of birds or the fur of mammals using colored pencils. Composition and colored pencil techniques will be... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Hear the Spirits: African Divination Arts and Healing RitualsThis course offers a unique opportunity to delve into the profound importance of the spirit world that infuses traditional African culture. Belief in the spirit world and the unseen is essential to divination processes and healing... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Hot Topics in Islam IINo religion in the world is as feared and misinterpreted as Islam. It is conceived in the Western world as an extreme faith that affects not only its followers but also the lives of so many others. In this course, we will cover the... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
In Their Own Words: Conversations with DancersDocumentaries about ballet dancers can give an inside view of their world. From famous dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev to those whose names you may not recognize, we'll focus on a different dancer each week, getting an opportunity to... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Industrialization of Sea PowerIn this course, we will trace the evolution of naval technologies and doctrines from the Industrial Revolution to the First World War, 1800 to 1914. We will follow the development of steam power, new weapons, improved metallurgy,... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... Mar 5, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Keeping Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... Feb 6, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
La France de 1900 a 1938This course, taught entirely in French and geared to students with an intermediate-high or advanced-low level of French proficiency, will teach the history and culture of France from 1900 to 1938. After the disastrous Franco-... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
macOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... Jan 21, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the third most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... Jan 23, 2020 7:00PM - 8:30PM $25.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Molecules: Nature’s Superb Building BlocksThe beautiful and complex universe around us is created from relatively few building blocks - molecules - and we, ourselves, are made of molecules.  What are molecules?  What holds them together?  What gives them their properties?  ... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Navigating WidowhoodIs anyone ever prepared for widowhood? Widows and widowers grieve for their spouse and grieve for their former way of life. Widowhood is a time of transition. How might the challenges in the first year of widowhood be different from... Jan 30, 2020 to Mar 5, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
One Craft, Two CulturesIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pagan Origins of MonotheismMonotheistic Near Eastern religions have their origins in earlier polytheistic precursors. While religious tradition claims either direct contact with god or revelation through supernatural messengers as their source, philosophers... Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Personal Identity: In Moral and Legal ReasoningIn this course, the instructor, a philosopher and a teacher of philosophy, wants to merge the two roles for the first time in his career and make his own just-published book the topic of discussion. How do we reason when we identify... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak GrapeJoin us for a four-week journey through the regions where the world's best pinot noir is produced. Each week, we will focus on areas known for their pinot noir, such as Burgundy, California, and New Zealand. We will examine the... Feb 20, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak GrapeJoin us for a four-week journey through the regions where the world's best pinot noir is produced. Each week, we will focus on areas known for their pinot noir, such as Burgundy, California, and New Zealand. We will examine the... Feb 20, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Poems of William Butler Yeats: Heroes, Lovers, Mystics, and Crazy JaneWilliam Butler Yeats is one of the great poets of the English language. He published his first work in 1886, when he was twenty-one; his last volumes appeared in 1939, the year of his death. He celebrated Irish heroes, brought... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Read & Discuss: "Unsheltered" & "The Overstory""I was keen to write about the times like the present when many things we’ve counted on—like civil governance and unselfish patriotism (and even reliable ice on the North and South poles)—are vanishing,” explains acclaimed author... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare and Marlowe: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Doctor Faustus," and "Hamlet"This course will start with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Shakespeare’s early use of the supernatural (the fairy world) to provide a delightful comedy. Next is Marlowe’s best-known play, "Doctor Faustus," in which the protagonist... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Mind Wars Debate: Evidence on the Source of ConsciousnessMainstream scientific materialism posits that consciousness arises from the physical brain and ceases upon death. Considerable evidence from science, medicine, and the study of extraordinary human experiences suggests that this... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Theodore Roosevelt and FamilyThis course covers the extraordinary life and family of Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest and one of the most admired US presidents. Key topics: traumatic events in TR’s early years that shaped his lifelong thinking; the Spanish-... Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
First Civil War: American Revolution in the SouthThis five-part course presents an examination of the American Revolution in the South as the first American civil war. Against the backdrop of the Revolution, the Southern colonies were torn apart, as communities, congregations, and... Jan 17, 2020 to Feb 14, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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 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... Jan 17, 2020 to Feb 21, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The "Pause Period" in the US: 1919-1941The bloodbath of the Great War was over but not forgotten in the "time of pause" before another major conflagration reignited the smoldering ashes left by the war. The two decades between the world wars differ dramatically. The... Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Plays of Henrik Ibsen: Self and Society from "Brand" to "When We Dead Awaken"No one did more to inaugurate modern drama than the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). That revival of plays such as  Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder are mounted regularly around the world testifies... Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Sound of Music: American StyleFrom the beginning of recorded time, music has been a master influence on the hearts, minds, identities, and attitudes of all humanity. American music has served as the taproot of our culture. It speaks to who we are and serves as a... Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Saturday
Course Time Tuition Status
IndonesiaThis course is a chance for you to learn about the world’s fourth most populous nation. Indonesia contains about three hundred ethnic groups, and some 740 languages and dialects are spoken there. Indonesia is a part of the Pacific "... Jan 18, 2020 to Feb 22, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Intergenerational Ethics: A Millennial PerspectiveThis course explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach. Ten Duke undergraduates partner with ten OLLI “overgrads” to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current... Jan 12, 2020 to Apr 5, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
American Art in the 1950sIrving Sandler entitled his account of American art of the 1950s "The Triumph of American Painting." In this course, we will look at what may be the most important period in American art (we’ll stretch it from 1945 to 1962), when... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Book History in Western EuropeFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Building Duke University ChapelThe course covers the history of the transition of Trinity College into Duke University. The focus is on the building of a fourteenth century Gothic Chapel in the center of the new campus. The stories of the designer, the builders,... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Hear the Spirits: African Divination Arts and Healing RitualsThis course offers a unique opportunity to delve into the profound importance of the spirit world that infuses traditional African culture. Belief in the spirit world and the unseen is essential to divination processes and healing... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Living with Art II: 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) Feb 18, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Mayberry ModernismWhat's North Carolina's greatest secret? We have the third most Modernist houses in the country. George Smart's discovery of North Carolina's large number of "livable works of art" in 2007 led him to start North Carolina Modernist... (Thursdays) Jan 23, 2020 7:00PM - 8:30PM $25.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Modern and Contemporary Art: The Nasher Museum at Duke University This course is offered as a joint program of OLLI and the Nasher Museum. OLLI members will need to also be members of the Nasher Museum to take this course. The Nasher is offering a half-price membership to OLLI members enrolled in... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Nine Artists: Resetting the Course of Modern ArtThis course will examine the work of nine artists to understand how their seminal insight impacted a century of art and forever changed the way we see. Through an examination of their work, we will analyze the influence of Claude... (Mondays) Jan 27, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
One Craft, Two CulturesIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Art of the AlbumWith the introduction of the LP (long-playing) record in 1948, listeners could enjoy music in a more extended and convenient format than ever before. The advent of the LP also offered exciting new opportunities for artists and... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 3, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Women Artists of Surrealism: An Art Appreciation ClassThis course will explore a selection of women artists who significantly contributed to the Dada/surrealist movement of the twentieth century. These female artists are often overlooked in historical narratives of this male-dominated... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 16, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Easy WordPress WebsitesEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 27, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Feb 3, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction To Digital PhotographyThis course will provide new or beginning digital camera photographers with a broad introduction to their chosen medium. We will discuss how digital cameras work, the advantages and disadvantages of various megapixel levels in... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and “iPhoneographers” take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today’s... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $55.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
macOS: Beyond the BasicsThis course is not a beginner’s Mac class; it is for current Mac users who want to know more about using and navigating the Mac operating system. We will look at the Desktop, the Finder, the Finder window, the Dock, and icons; we... (Tuesdays) , (Thursdays) Jan 21, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Photo Editing Refresher: PC and MacReview and strengthen basic skills in working with digital images and learn more about using the editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop Elements software. This class will include practice with the use of layers, selections, and... (Tuesdays) Jan 21, 2020 to Mar 10, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Winter Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer, or does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you down the path to better photographs. The seminar... (Mondays) Feb 24, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $110.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Consumer's Guide to Healthcare AdvocacyDo you know how to get the health care you need and deserve or how to keep someone safe in an acute care setting? Learn strategies to become a better health care consumer in a system that shows no signs of getting any easier to deal... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Feb 24, 2020 to Mar 2, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $30.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Stay Put or Move On: Age in Place or Move to a Continuing Care Retirement CommunityThis course explores how to provide for continued independence as aging progresses and needs change. Focusing on aging in place and retirement communities, we explore the challenges and opportunities that come with aging and the... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 31, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Surviving in a Bear Market: Tips for RetireesThis course will review lessons learned from the 2008 bear market and some of the strategies that worked well versus those that led to greater losses. We will discuss how retirees can marry their risk tolerance with an investment... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 4, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
Tax-Smart Investment StrategiesAre you making the most of your resources in retirement? Are taxes "cramping" your retirement lifestyle? Is a Roth conversion "tax smart" for you? Position your money wisely, structure an income flow, and minimize taxes to stretch... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit a Sweater That FitsIf you can knit and purl, you are ready to make a sweater. We'll start with a pattern that comes in sizes newborn to 4XL, so that you can knit for a grandchild, yourself, or another adult. We'll cover everything you need to know to... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Chair Caning: Fix That Broken SeatThis course is on the art of chair caning. Students will provide their own chair or stool that needs a new hand-woven seat. No experience is necessary, but some dexterity with handwork is recommended. Course materials will be... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 4, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Chinese Brush Painting: LandscapesLandscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. Students will learn how to paint various landscapes including mountains, rivers, trees, and figures. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class,... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Foundations of ColorCreating a specific color from scratch can be one of the biggest challenges and rewards of making art. This hands-on course will equip students with the foundational skills to see and replicate the colors they encounter in art and... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Fur and Feathers: Colored PencilWe will focus on birds and mammals of North America in their natural habitats. The emphasis will be on rendering the feathers of birds or the fur of mammals using colored pencils. Composition and colored pencil techniques will be... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Gothic CalligraphyCreate 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... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Intro to 3D PrintingAdditive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a process to create three-dimensional objects by depositing layers of material under computer control. In this course we’ll use a consumer-level 3D printer to learn the basic workflow to... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... (Thursdays) Mar 5, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... (Mondays) Mar 2, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to CalligraphyThis hands-on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities available when using a broad-tip pen. Each student will need to bring a broad felt-tip calligraphic pen (2.5mm suggested, available at... (Tuesdays) Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Introduction to Mosaic ArtExplore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. The history of mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as mosaic art examples and installations from artists around the world. Students will learn about... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:00PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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 nine “tangles” or patterns. We... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 11, 2020 9:00AM - 11:00AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Learn to Knit a Triangular ShawlShawls are a popular fashion accessory that provide color and interest for any outfit. They also provide an extra layer on a chilly day. Learn to knit a shawl using one or two colors of yarn. The instructor will provide the pattern... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
More Drawing ChallengesThis course builds upon the student’s drawing skills and practices, at any experience level. Whether responding to a work in progress or to weekly challenge suggestions, this course is focused on helping each student realize his or... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
More WatercolorThis course is for those who are proficient in basic watercolor painting techniques, such as glazing, wet in wet, saving whites, negative painting, controlling edges, color, values, and composition control. Now students will paint... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
One Craft, Two CulturesIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Watercolor Painting: Bluebirds and BlackberriesIf you have always wanted to paint but never had success or never even tried, this is the opportunity to learn. In this active, hands-on course, every step and technique will be demonstrated as we work together to complete a ready-... (Mondays) Feb 17, 2020 to Mar 16, 2020 1:30PM - 4:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Weave or Knot!In this "learn to weave" course, we will build a small rigid heddle, prepare the cotton warp, set up the loom, and weave using standard weaving terminology and, yes, knots. In subsequent classes, we will learn how to weave with... (Tuesdays) Jan 28, 2020 to Feb 25, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
Diplomacy—Part 1: A Roundtable DiscussionIn this seminar/discussion course we will read the first ten chapters of Henry Kissinger's classic work "Diplomacy." Discussion topics will include William of Orange and William Pitt, the post-Napoleonic Concert of Europe, Europe's... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Diversity in Durham: Connecting and Partnering in the TriangleWith the current socioeconomic environment and the population growth in the Triangle, citizens are being challenged as new people move in from diverse communities around the world. As citizens, the goal is to think locally but act... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Durham's Dukes: The Family and the UniversityResidents of the Research Triangle have a general sense of the history of Durham, Duke University and the Duke family. But myths, misinformation and confusion abounds. Let's run through a history of our homegrown Dukes. Do you know... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 3, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
First Civil War: American Revolution in the SouthThis five-part course presents an examination of the American Revolution in the South as the first American civil war. Against the backdrop of the Revolution, the Southern colonies were torn apart, as communities, congregations, and... (Fridays) Jan 17, 2020 to Feb 14, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
George Catlett MarshallIn World War II, a war unparalleled in magnitude and in honor, millions of Americans gave their country outstanding service. The general of the United States Army, George C. Marshall, gave it victory. Statesman and soldier, he had... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648. After a brief review of chronology, each class will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, the importance... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Industrialization of Sea PowerIn this course, we will trace the evolution of naval technologies and doctrines from the Industrial Revolution to the First World War, 1800 to 1914. We will follow the development of steam power, new weapons, improved metallurgy,... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
It Didn't Start with AuschwitzWith the rise in hate groups, hate crimes, and anti-Semitic incidents, many believe our society is showing signs similar to those in 1930s Germany that led to the Holocaust. So what did happen then? Why were the Jews targeted, and... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Jews in the New World: 1492-1812This course is a survey of the emigration of Jews to the New World from the time of Columbus's discoveries to the American War of 1812. The course will include: how Jews influenced events that culminated in the creation of the... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Preparing for VictoryThe United States exited World War I in debt and questioning why the country had entered a European conflict that should never have happened. In the 1920 election, Warren Harding ran against Woodrow Wilson’s legacy and won easily.... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Religions of NC: A HistoryThis is a survey course on the history and heritage of religious groups that have existed and continue to exist in North Carolina. We will look at the beliefs of each religious group as well as their historical presence in the Old... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare's England: A World Turned Upside DownShakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. In popular imagination, this was an era bursting into the modern age, full of scientific and geographic discoveries, military victories, and literary... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Socialism, Communism, Terrorism: Russia, France, and FinlandThis course will follow the tension between dictatorial governments and attempts at social and political reform in late nineteenth-century Europe. Actual historical events, people, and movements will be woven together in an analysis... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The "Pause Period" in the US: 1919-1941The bloodbath of the Great War was over but not forgotten in the "time of pause" before another major conflagration reignited the smoldering ashes left by the war. The two decades between the world wars differ dramatically. The... (Fridays) Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The American Colonies 1607-1776This course will take a look at the development of the American colonies from 1607 to 1776. It will analyze the establishment of each of the thirteen British colonies in North America and the social, political, economic, and... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Cold War & Other AdventuresThe Cold War as we typically view it ended in 1991. Activity in various streams of influence suggests the war is not entirely over. This course is intended to review the beginnings of the Cold War and how politics and economics... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Sound of Music: American StyleFrom the beginning of recorded time, music has been a master influence on the hearts, minds, identities, and attitudes of all humanity. American music has served as the taproot of our culture. It speaks to who we are and serves as a... (Fridays) Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Story Of The Ottoman EmpireThis course is about the Ottoman Empire, from its founding in Anatolia in about 1300 to its ultimate collapse in the aftermath of World War I. The course will examine the dynastic, military, economic, political, and social aspects... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional discussion... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The WWII Diary of Odd NansenHailed by the New Yorker magazine as one of the most compelling documents to come out of World War II, "From Day to Day" is a concentration camp diary written by a Norwegian named Odd Nansen. Nansen, the son of the famous polar... (Tuesdays) Feb 25, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $25.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Theodore Roosevelt and FamilyThis course covers the extraordinary life and family of Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest and one of the most admired US presidents. Key topics: traumatic events in TR’s early years that shaped his lifelong thinking; the Spanish-... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Status
"An Eye for an Eye" in the Arts: Revenge in Literature, Theater, and PaintingsRevenge, as the adage goes, is a dish best served cold. Nonetheless, the intensity of this subject heats up the page, stage, and canvas of classic and contemporary art. The desire to retaliate for grievous wrongs governs works as... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
IndonesiaThis course is a chance for you to learn about the world’s fourth most populous nation. Indonesia contains about three hundred ethnic groups, and some 740 languages and dialects are spoken there. Indonesia is a part of the Pacific "... (Saturdays) Jan 18, 2020 to Feb 22, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
La France de 1900 a 1938This course, taught entirely in French and geared to students with an intermediate-high or advanced-low level of French proficiency, will teach the history and culture of France from 1900 to 1938. After the disastrous Franco-... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Let's Read in French: "Le Bonheur N'a Pas De Rides"Anne-Gaelle Huon is a young, popular French writer whose books are on the best-seller lists. Her novel Le Bonheur N'a Pas De Rides is filled with colorful characters. It is written with humor and with insight into human frailties.... (Tuesdays) Jan 28, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Moby-Dick: Chasing the White WhaleHerman Melville’s canonical American novel only became the object of critical acclaim and widespread popularity more than seventy years after its 1851 publication. The dramatic, harrowing story of a charismatic, totalitarian... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 10:30AM - 12:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Poems of William Butler Yeats: Heroes, Lovers, Mystics, and Crazy JaneWilliam Butler Yeats is one of the great poets of the English language. He published his first work in 1886, when he was twenty-one; his last volumes appeared in 1939, the year of his death. He celebrated Irish heroes, brought... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Poets of Passion and CompressionJohn Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), and Wallace Stevens wrote new poems unlike any before them and profoundly influenced poets who came after. Among their greatest attributes are passion and compression. Like... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pulitzer Poets Kumin and Hass: Celebrated VoicesThe poetry of Robert Hass and Maxine Kumin extends into the twenty-first century. Both were US poets laureate. Kumin, a New England writer, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. In nineteen books of poetry, her work powerfully engages... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Read & Discuss: "Unsheltered" & "The Overstory""I was keen to write about the times like the present when many things we’ve counted on—like civil governance and unselfish patriotism (and even reliable ice on the North and South poles)—are vanishing,” explains acclaimed author... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Selected Poetry of Robert FrostRobert Frost spent his early childhood in the bustling streets of San Francisco. Later, after a decade as a part-time farmer, he found his first success in England at the age of thirty-eight. Often thought of as the most American of... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Shakespeare and Marlowe: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Doctor Faustus," and "Hamlet"This course will start with "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Shakespeare’s early use of the supernatural (the fairy world) to provide a delightful comedy. Next is Marlowe’s best-known play, "Doctor Faustus," in which the protagonist... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Latin Language: Delving DeeperThis course will take a close look at the mechanics of the Latin language: its morphology and syntax. Topics to be discussed include: noun/adjective cases and declensions, past tense verbs used in relating stories, subject-verb... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Plays of Henrik Ibsen: Self and Society from "Brand" to "When We Dead Awaken"No one did more to inaugurate modern drama than the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). That revival of plays such as  Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder are mounted regularly around the world testifies... (Fridays) Jan 17, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Three American PoetsWe will read from the works of three outstanding mid-twentieth-century poets: James Wright (1927-1980), Anne Sexton (1928-1974), and William Matthews (1942-1997). The lives of all three were tragically cut short, by cancer (Wright... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Status
Alsace, Germany, and Austria: An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey through Alsace, Germany, and Austria. Each week, we will focus on one of these areas that offers wines with long names from cold climates. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 6, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Alsace, Germany, and Austria: An Exploration of WinesJoin us for a four-week journey through Alsace, Germany, and Austria. Each week, we will focus on one of these areas that offers wines with long names from cold climates. We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 6, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFor baby boomers: Did you know that your movement habits at age 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) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Dance/Exercise for Women: Ethnic Dances from the MediterraneanCore exercise! Dance to world music! In this course, we learn ethnic dance styles that build core muscles and strengthen backs, abs, legs, and graceful arms. We will focus on dance styles that exercise the whole body and that come... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 2:50PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Happiness and Well-Being: A Practical GuideSocial scientists suggest that approximately 40 percent of our happiness comes from intentional activities we do in everyday life. This course will provide science-based theory and easy-to-do activities to help us improve our... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Keeping Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... (Thursdays) Feb 6, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020 9:00AM - 10:00AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Magic Tricks for GrandparentsHave you always wanted to know how to do magic tricks? Well, two magicians have teamed up to bring you a magic course at OLLI. They will cover card and rope tricks, coin magic, tricks with everyday items, and math magic. Tricks will... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Navigating WidowhoodIs anyone ever prepared for widowhood? Widows and widowers grieve for their spouse and grieve for their former way of life. Widowhood is a time of transition. How might the challenges in the first year of widowhood be different from... (Thursdays) Jan 30, 2020 to Mar 5, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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 Wait List
Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak GrapeJoin us for a four-week journey through the regions where the world's best pinot noir is produced. Each week, we will focus on areas known for their pinot noir, such as Burgundy, California, and New Zealand. We will examine the... (Thursdays) Feb 20, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pinot Noir: The Heartbreak GrapeJoin us for a four-week journey through the regions where the world's best pinot noir is produced. Each week, we will focus on areas known for their pinot noir, such as Burgundy, California, and New Zealand. We will examine the... (Thursdays) Feb 20, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Art of CookingDavid 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) and... (Mondays) Feb 3, 2020 to Mar 2, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Language of Bridge - A Modern Approach to BiddingThis class is designed for people who dabbled with bridge in college or played socially and are seeking to improve their knowledge and skills.  In this hands-on class, participants will learn the modern language of bidding and how... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:30AM - 11:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
50+ Improvisers—FUNdamentals+Want 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... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 12, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
In Their Own Words: Conversations with DancersDocumentaries about ballet dancers can give an inside view of their world. From famous dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev to those whose names you may not recognize, we'll focus on a different dancer each week, getting an opportunity to... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Listening To Music: Modern and PostmodernA composer of very complex music writes, “I think the listening experience is extraordinarily complex, spontaneous, intuitive, naïve, and sophisticated, all at the same time.” Sharing the joy of new music, whether you’re discovering... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Golden Age of Rock Music: May I Introduce to You the Act You’ve Known for All These YearsThe ten-year period from 1964 to 1973 was a time during which many things changed. In popular music, we experienced a surge of creativity and artistry that was unprecedented before and unequaled since. Join us as we explore the... (Wednesdays) Jan 22, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Movies Go to War: 1939-1946 (Part 2)For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it remains present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films are often dismissed as so... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Road to Full Frame 2020The twenty-third annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 2-5, 2020, in downtown Durham. This course will provide a “behind the screens” view of the festival. The sessions are designed to prepare you either to... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Road to Full Frame Part 2The twenty-third annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 2-5, 2020, in downtown Durham. This course is designed for those who have already taken the course The Road to Full Frame with Alan. This course will... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
Hot Topics in Islam IINo religion in the world is as feared and misinterpreted as Islam. It is conceived in the Western world as an extreme faith that affects not only its followers but also the lives of so many others. In this course, we will cover the... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Intergenerational Ethics: A Millennial PerspectiveThis course explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach. Ten Duke undergraduates partner with ten OLLI “overgrads” to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current... (Sundays) Jan 12, 2020 to Apr 5, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Pagan Origins of MonotheismMonotheistic Near Eastern religions have their origins in earlier polytheistic precursors. While religious tradition claims either direct contact with god or revelation through supernatural messengers as their source, philosophers... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Personal Identity: In Moral and Legal ReasoningIn this course, the instructor, a philosopher and a teacher of philosophy, wants to merge the two roles for the first time in his career and make his own just-published book the topic of discussion. How do we reason when we identify... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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... (Fridays) Jan 17, 2020 to Feb 21, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Philosophy of Art and AestheticsA reasoned investigation into the nature of art and the nature of aesthetics. How do the two interrelate? Is there an objective basis for either one, or do they reside in our subjective experiences? What role do our emotions play?... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Political Philosophy & Governing: Part 2This course is Part 2 of Political Philosophy & Governing, which follows Part 1 and covers eight political thinkers from Niccolo Machiavelli through Edmund Burke and modern schools of political thought that follow their... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Reimagining Religion for TodayThe imminent end of religious America is here and now. Many people no longer identify with any spiritual tradition; churches are losing members, and some are closing; more people are identifying as atheists or agnostics. Our... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Religious Diversity: A Strength Or Weakness In Our SocietyWe are blessed to be living in the most religiously diverse society in human history. Respect for and appreciation of various religious identities, perceptions, and views should be able to be expressed freely and comfortably. The... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
The Mind Wars Debate: Evidence on the Source of ConsciousnessMainstream scientific materialism posits that consciousness arises from the physical brain and ceases upon death. Considerable evidence from science, medicine, and the study of extraordinary human experiences suggests that this... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
10-Week Medical SchoolThis course will cover, in an obviously abbreviated fashion, much of what is taught in the first two years of medical school. The history of medicine and medical terminology will be covered first, in order to be able to navigate the... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Artificial Intelligence: From the Cognitive Revolution to Flying Cars (Part 1)AI is incrementally creeping into nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. Those who do not understand AI run the risk of being left behind. Understanding AI requires a steep learning curve and can be overwhelming, even for... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 5:30PM - 7:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Climate Change the ChallengeThis course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss the following. Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 degrees Celsius warming from the... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 11, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Evolution RevisitedIt has been over 150 years since Darwin published his revolutionary theory of natural selection and gradual species transformation. Yet "Darwinism" remains a much debated hypothesis. Fossil finds, biochemical evidence, computer-... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Flying Small AircraftMany of us have, on occasion, looked up at the sound of a small airplane overhead and thought about what it would be like to be in it, or even to fly it. In this course, we will take a look at the many aspects of flight and flying,... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Foundations of Animal BehaviorDo you love watching nature documentaries but wish David Attenborough would tell you more? If so, this course is for you. This survey course will cover the foundations of animal behavior—from bees to baboons, mechanisms to evolution... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 5:30PM - 7:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Groundwater Hydrogeology in NCThis is a general introductory course on "big picture" subsurface groundwater hydrogeology processes. The course will include eight one-and-a-half-hour lectures that will cover: surface and groundwater flow, wells, water development... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Immunity and the EnvironmentThe immune system is not a standalone system and can be strongly influenced by environmental factors. This course will familiarize students with the classical functions of the immune system as well as with exciting and revolutionary... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Mathematics of VotingElections and voting are crucial to the proper functioning of a democracy. And underpinning our election procedures is mathematics. In this course, we explore voting systems as mathematicians see them. We investigate the history of... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Molecules: Nature’s Superb Building BlocksThe beautiful and complex universe around us is created from relatively few building blocks - molecules - and we, ourselves, are made of molecules.  What are molecules?  What holds them together?  What gives them their properties?  ... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Mar 19, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and DiversionsSymposia is one of OLLI’s longest running invited speaker series. Among its not-so-secrets of success is that each lecture is presented by a different speaker, often one taking an afternoon off from a busy professional schedule to... (Tuesdays) Jan 7, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 2:00PM - 3:15PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
2020 Trends in PsychologyThis course will look at a number of emerging issues in psychology, including but not limited to tele-health, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, social media influence, advances in the treatment of depression, PTSD and... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Feb 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Addicted, Homeless or ImprisonedJoin us as we explore this often misunderstood world. We will be introduced to the interesting faces, stories, and facts surrounding the opioid crisis, street people, the imprisoned, and often banished people within our community. A... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Adult Attachment: The History and Science of LoveIn this three-session course, we will begin with the history of pair-bonding throughout the centuries, including the changing expectations over the past one hundred years (from rural life to industrialization), the 1950s, the... (Tuesdays) Feb 4, 2020 to Feb 18, 2020 9:30AM - 12:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Book History in Western EuropeFrom clay tablets, the scroll, moveable type, and mechanized printing, this course will follow changes in European book culture from 1500 BCE to 1575 CE. We'll study such transitions as the move from oral to written culture, how the... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Cutting the Cable CordAre you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider, while finding you’re watching fewer channels or wanting to watch a great show that's not on cable? This course will guide you through the maze of TV and streaming... (Thursdays) Feb 6, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $40.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Down Homes: Variations on the "Southern Thing"In his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, the journalist W.J. Cash remarked that, “If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains there is also one South.” Flip that statement around and it’s equally true. Using Durham... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
From Highlanders to Tar Heels: Scottish Highland Heritage in the CarolinasThousands of families emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to Cape Fear in the Carolinas between the 1730s and early 1800s. There is still a high density of people of Scottish Highland ancestry in the region, but more fantasy than... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy V: More Effective Computer ResearchIf you've taken several genealogy courses, but are not finding the records/data you need to move your family history forward, this class is for you. This class is NOT a how-to-do genealogy class; it for teaching you how to be more... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 9:30AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy VI A: Beginner Course: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeAfter testing for genealogy with a DNA testing company, what do you do? How do you use the information from the company to identify relatives and build relationships in your family tree? This course will start with developing an... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Feb 5, 2020 11:00AM - 1:00PM $50.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Genealogy VI B: Intermediate Course: Applying DNA to Your Family TreeOnce you have used the genealogy tools available on your DNA test company’s website, what more can you do to gain a greater understanding of the results? This course is intended for individuals with some experience using DNA genetic... (Wednesdays) Feb 19, 2020 to Mar 25, 2020 1:30PM - 3:30PM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Intergenerational Ethics: A Millennial PerspectiveThis course explores generational perspectives on today's ethical issues through an interactive approach. Ten Duke undergraduates partner with ten OLLI “overgrads” to lead discussions and to pursue and share perspectives on current... (Sundays) Jan 12, 2020 to Apr 5, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
One Craft, Two CulturesIn the early 1970s quilting, once considered the quintessence of American traditional arts, was revived as an art form in the United States. At the same time, thousands of miles away, Japanese women were only just beginning to... (Thursdays) Jan 16, 2020 to Feb 20, 2020 9:00AM - 10:30AM $70.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Work as the Pleasure-Driven Life: Theory and PracticeFrom our first efforts to hold up our heads, our lives involve work. Our work forms us. Though sometimes understood as the curse of Genesis 3, Abraham Maslow wrote, “Duty is pleasant, and the fulfillment of duty is pleasure.” How do... (Tuesdays) Jan 14, 2020 to Mar 17, 2020 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Creative Writing: How to Unlock 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... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 9, 2020 1:30PM - 4:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Erotic Writing for WomenThis course will explore erotic writing as a life-affirming practice. The activities in the course are designed for women who are new to writing, as well as for experienced writers who are new to erotica. We will draw on memory and... (Mondays) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
Fantastic Forms: Writing New PoetryPoetry forms, ancient and modern, have long been used to inspire poets to create new exciting work. Here we will briefly study a form by reading outstanding examples of that form, then do some in-class warm-ups to prepare to write... (Wednesdays) Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 18, 2020 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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) Jan 13, 2020 to Mar 23, 2020 6:30PM - 8:30PM $100.00 Future Offering (Opens 03 Dec 2019 09:00:00 AM)
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Membership

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.

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

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

  • Automatically during registration: If you have been a member, but your membership has expired, our online registration system will automatically add a new membership to your cart when you enroll in courses.
  • By phone: If you have never been an OLLI member, we encourage you to purchase your first membership by phone.  Call our registration office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, EST at 919-684-6259 or at 1-866-edu-Duke.
  • From this website: Click on this link to be sent to the proper page: 2019 - 2020 Membership (active July 1, 2019)
  • By mail or in person: The OLLI catalog also contains a membership and registration form. You can deliver the membership form (found in the catalog) and a check for $45 made payable to Duke University to the Bishop's House or you can mail them to OLLI at Duke, Box 90700, Durham, NC 27708.
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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, December 3 at 9am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, December 4 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 labeled “Show” under “Courses,” and click on the tab “View by day” or “View by category.” Click on the course title to get to the course page, click on “Add to Cart,” and follow steps to checkout.

 

  • Search Box: You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box that appears on every page at the top right, under the shopping cart symbol. 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, December 2, and it will be processed on the appropriate Registration Day (s). 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, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4. 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 specialist 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 Betina Huntwork at 919-660-8509. If you want to find out more about any of the listed groups, please contact the coordinator for that activity.

OLLI Film Series - Curious Worlds
Description: Curious Worlds captures the artist at work in his studio and reflecting on his art. It is an intimate insight into what it takes to create a masterwork: extraordinary ideas, an almost eerie ability to focus on the work, and patience.  Beck submits to the camera's invasive scrutiny with a wit and charm that is both inviting and ambivalent.  Ultimately, he comes across as the smartest, most creative artists you've never heard of.
Date: 11/20/2019
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: The Chelsea Theatre, 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Cost: $10.00
Deadline to Register: Midnight on November 19, 2019 or when it sells out
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OLLIDay Luncheon
Description: Every year members of the OLLI learning community are invited to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving and express gratitude for one another and our instructors for providing a dynamic learning environment.  Come join 100+ members at Parizade for a gracious and lovely meal.  You will have the choice of soup or salad, one of five entrees, and three dessert possibilities.
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: Parizade, 2200 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27705
Cost: $28.00
Deadline to Register: December 5, 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
Fall 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 am
Monday, September 14, 2020 Most OLLI Fall classes begin
Monday, September 28, 2020 No Classes at JRC - Yom Kippur
Mon - Fri, October 19 - 23, 2020 Fall Break - No OLLI Classes
Mon - Fri, November 23 -27, 2020 Thanksgiving Break - No OLLI Classes
Friday, December 4, 2020 Last day for most Fall classes
11/16/2020 - 11/20/2020  Make-up Week
*Some classes may meet during this break. read course description for details

 

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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 assistant 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
Legacy: Lisa Gabriel
Member Relations: Beth Timson
Social Activities & Hospitality: Chris Abrons
Space: Peter Blaufeux

Staff

Director: Chris McLeod
Assistant to the Director:  Kathy Parrish
Location Representatives: Beth Bowling, Susanna Chabinak-Uhlig, Jo Ann Dubberley, Betina Huntwork, Britany Burch, Viki McMullin, Jay Starks

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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 Betina Huntwork at 919-660-8509 or at betina.huntwork@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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