Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

New OLLI Director Chris McLeod

June 7, 2018 – Recently selected as the fifth Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University, Ms. Chris McLeod will officially assume her responsibilities on Monday, June 25. “I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and serve over 2,300... read more »

Since 2004, we have been members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a group of over 120 lifelong learning institutes funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation, dedicated to providing excellent education for adult learners, and to extending the demographic served by traditional universities.  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke (OLLI at Duke) began in 1977 as the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement, a joint venture of Duke Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.

OLLI at Duke offers a wide array of courses in literature, history, religion, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, performing arts, art and architecture, economics, finance, computers and lifestyle issues.

Our curriculum committee is responsive to the requests of our members, so our offerings are always fresh. In addition, we have social events, guest speakers, short trips, and a host of special interest groups, ranging from two book groups to foreign language clubs, from dancing troupes to bands and chorus.

OLLI classes are non-credit there are neither tests nor grades nor educational requirements. We choose to learn from each other, to hear opposing ideas, and to synthesize the expertise of the instructor, the wisdom of our fellow students and our own opinions into new views. This synthesis keeps us strong, as individuals and as a program.

We invite you to join us!

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Curriculum

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

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

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

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Courses

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Course Time Tuition Status
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  In this magazine-format class, each week a different instructor presents a challenging topic, ranging from art to... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
American Colonial Development and the Creation of the "American" SystemThis course will take a look at the development of the 13 original American colonies from 1607 - 1776 and analyze how that development contributed to the creation of an "American" system of government as well as an "American"... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit Elegant Placemats for your tableRoll up your sleeves and get ready to set an elegant table inspired by Biltmore house.   We'll use intarsia to create  blocks of color to form a cutlery design and carry and trap our background color behind the design in a technique... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s... Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Elections 2018As a group we will discuss the current state and congressional election campaigns and  examine the prospects for each candidate's election.  Facilitated Discussion Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Exploring Narnia: A Deeper LookThe Narnia Chronicles by renowned Oxbridge scholar C. S. Lewis have been delighting adults as well as children ever since they first appeared. The novels are often studied as Christian allegories, but serious scholars have long... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
For Richer, For Poorer: The US in the 1920s and 1930sIn the United States, the period between World War I and World War II saw an economic boom and the greatest economic depression in the country's history, the beginning and end of Prohibition, the rise and fall of the Second Ku Klux... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and His ArchitectureThe American Institute of Architects hailed him as the “greatest American architect of all time.” Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the American Institute of Architects; yet, he would have agreed with their assessment of him... Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Functional Fitness Training for 50+Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Fundamental Chinese Language and CultureEver looked for an opportunity to learn some spoken Chinese (Mandarin)?  Want to know how to write Chinese characters?  This course combines those elements of language with a detailed tour of Chinese places.  In each class meeting,... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Geologic controversies, ancient and modernTopics that have played an important role in advancing our understanding of the Earth and how it has evolved, have initially been highly controversial and the subject of spirited debates.  Ten such topics, chosen for both historical... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at AviationAirports are fascinating organisms. While they provide the bases for the worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves, a microcosm of the outside world. The course will take students from Balloons to the... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How to Help Your Grandchildren Learn MathHelping school-age children learn math requires time and patience; grandparents typically have an ample supply of both, sometimes more than parents. It's the same math we learned when we were kids, but the approach and terminology... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Introduction to CalligraphyThis is an introduction to calligraphy to allow you to become familiar with the art. This hands on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen.  This is a 3 hr workshop... Sep 17, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Introduction to Digital Image Editing with Adobe LightroomThe difference between a good digital photograph and a great one can be a simple matter of post-processing.  The tools needed to take your images to the next level are all contained in one application.  Adobe Lightroom© is designed... Oct 29, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersAre you bothered by so much hate-filled rhetoric in our society? Are you concerned about the growth of white supremacist ideology & Neo-Nazi groups?  Do you worry this is 1930's Germany all over again?  Are the Pledge of... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 12, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
J.S. Bach: The Suites for Solo Cello, Keyboard, and OrchestraWe will listen to, read about, and deepen our understanding of Bach's six suites for solo cello. What is it about this music that has made it so popular for so long? How does it convey such deep emotions? What are the origins of the... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Medieval Irish History: From St. Patrick to the Flight of the EarlsThis course will explore major themes in the first millennium of Irish history, from the coming of Christianity and the “Golden Age” of the Irish Church, to the invasions of the Vikings and the English, and finally the fall of... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Music in the Movies -- Hollywood's Classic Composers, 1915-1960This is not a course on Hollywood musicals or music videos! Since the inception of motion pictures in the 1890s, so-called "background" music has been in integral part of the movie-goer's experience, even in the days of silent film... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
Pilotless Commercial Flight - Which is Safer: Man or Machine?"Pilot Error" is most frequently cited as a cause of aircraft accidents.  So it would seem that today's technological evolution (after drones and driverless cars) would logically lead to pilotless commercial aircraft.  Just think... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Poets of the PianoPoets of the Piano is a lecture-recital celebrating the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument. The music on this program explores the evolving art of piano music, as composers tried to express more moods,... Nov 26, 2018 2:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Available
Pre-Code FilmsTravel back in time to the period between 1927 and 1934, the dawn of talking films and before the Hayes Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934.  Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood. This course will be an overview of three... Nov 12, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $50.00 Available
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it "chee-goong") refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance one's personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, strength, emotional balance, and spiritual progress. "Qi" -... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Reading Cathedrals of Britain: Their Design, Architecture, and ImageryCathedrals, a favorite destination for adventurers and photographers, have wonderful stories to tell.  But to understand their stories you have to speak their language.  This five-week class explores the reasons behind the... Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
Religious History and Heritage of North CarolinaThis is a survey course of the religious history and heritage of various 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 historic presence in the... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Six Ways of Commerce and Migration in England's Southeastern Colonies, 1585-1787This course will trace a half dozen ancient routes of commerce and migration in the Southeastern US. In doing so it will illustrate the interplay between economics, geography, and politics in establishing transportation... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Sondheim 101At the age of 88, musical theater composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim continues to compose new scores. In a career spanning 60 years, Sondheim has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers,... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Talkin' Baseball III: Part of American Culture's Fabric"Baseball, my son, is the cornerstone of civilization." - Dagwood Bumstead (courtesy of Chic Young). The above statement was assuredly written with tongue in cheek for humorous effect. However, baseball is interwoven into American... Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 19, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The BauhausCombining the arts and crafts movement with early Twentieth Century methods of industrialization against a backdrop of social turmoil and a new approach to arts education, Germany’s Staatliches Bauhaus transformed design and... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
The History of the American Musical TheaterThe course will discuss the journey of the Broadway musical from the 1866 show "The Black Crook" to Sondheim's 1976 musical masterpiece "Sweeney Todd." Special emphasis will be placed on the most influential innovators and their... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Jews of SpainThis course will examine the history of the Jews of Spain from before the Roman Era to the present day.  Special emphasis will be given to: the life and achievements of the Jews under Moorish rule;  the treatment of Jews under... Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Think Again and Again - Follow up to Think Again courseThis is a follow up course to Think Again and is open to those who have taken the original course.  There will be regular reading assignments including articles and independent research in preparation for lively and thought... Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Volcanoes and Their Impact on Human SocietyToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased.  Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we'll explore these... Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Watch the Skies! A History of Horror Films from Hitler to the Cold WarHorror films often have a misconception of being bloody, violent, and gratuitous, but not so much back in the day. This course explores the ways filmmakers used horror films to express the current social issues that made Americans... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every... Oct 1, 2018 to Nov 5, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
What to Eat and Why: Evidence-Based Guide to Healthy NutritionRecommendations are abundant on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic... Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic... Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
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Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
A Brief Overview of Economic Issues Affecting SeniorsJoin us for this five-week interactive course designed to address some of today's economic issues that impact seniors. Issues include: wealth accumulation and preservation: some facts and fallacies; globalization and trade wars: why... Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
A History of CalculusModern day calculus had a long incubation period stretching back into antiquity.  We start by looking at modern-day concepts.  Then we look to the past to see where the basic concepts originated.  We investigate how close... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Taste of Traditional Japanese EmbroideryJapanese embroidery (nihon shishu in Japanese) is a collection of embroidery techniques that originated more than 1600 years ago.  Even today, both traditional and modern designs are being created with these methods, using silk... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 9, 2018 9:30AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?This course will continue to explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. Whether you are familiar with the Latin language or not, this course will reveal new ways of looking at Latin and its lasting effects.... Oct 9, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Biological Effects of RadiationThe course will cover the basics of radiation physics, the mechanisms of radiation interaction with human tissue, and radiation exposure measurements.  The course will analyze the radiation forms and risk for all of the medical... Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint flowers (including some holiday flowers) and birds.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing basic brush... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Contemporary Issues in SportsThe  course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2018 would include sports involvement in social issues; chronic encephalopathy (CTE); inferences made with some team names such as the Redskins and... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Creating Distinctive Videos on Your iPhone or iPadHave you ever wanted to make your own creative videos easily, and for free? Now you can, using the powerful video production capabilities of your iPhone or iPad! This course will reveal these abilities and teach you how to make... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing and Publishing WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, memoirs, personal... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Down Homes: More Varieties of the Southern ExperienceIn his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, journalist W.J. Cash remarked, "If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains that there is also one South." Flip that sentence around, it's equally true. This course explores... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Embracing Challenges and Opportunities in the Last Third of LifeIn the last third of our lives, we face both challenges and opportunities. Retirement, loss of a job, a diagnosis or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity/self-esteem... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Great Decisions 2018For over 60 years the Foreign Policy Association has encouraged the creation of discussion groups throughout the United States to examine some of the world's greatest challenges and dilemmas. This year's eight topics are: The Waning... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Highlights of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera SeasonsJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera during their 2018-2019 seasons. Through lecture, DVD and live performance, we'll learn about the music... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Home Automation: Planning and Implementing your "Smart Home"Have you ever been driving home from a summer vacation and suddenly thought: "Oh no, the house will be warm and stuffy, the floors need vacuuming, and do I need milk?” Now, technology can help put these worries out of your mind! In... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
How to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Writing the Personal EssayIn this class students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader.  Chicken Soup for the Soul narratives are always inspirational, frequently poignant, often humorous, and sometimes thoughtful. They're... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Human Progress: No Better Time to be AliveNo better time?  Thoughtful observers of the news might be forgiven for thinking that we live in the worst of times:  A world plagued by disease, war, mass shootings, poverty, political turmoil, and pollution.  Why, then, do the New... Oct 16, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Improv Theater FUNdamentalsThis is your chance to learn and play with the basics of long-form improv. Key exercises will help get you into a "Yes...and" frame of mind. Learn how to draw creatively from your own life experiences. Let humor emerge naturally... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 9, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Intelligence Operations in the 20th CenturyThis course examines the role of intelligence organizations in the western world in the 20th century. On a broad scale, we review the development of organizations tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Intermediate Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary. This is a continuation of the winter 2018 class, but anyone who has had a year of... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn to use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (v. 14) for improving those less-than-perfect shots, cropping and resizing images for the internet, and creating templates for special projects. Hands-on experience will include retouching... Sep 18, 2018 to Nov 13, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 2, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Islamic & Jewish Philosophy in Al-AndalusIn 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... Sep 25, 2018 to Nov 13, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Painting with Beeswax/Oil for Creativity, Convenience and ControlThis course introduces the novice to the Beeswax/Oil medium in painting and the experienced artist to a painting process that combines benefits of other mediums (Oil varnish, acrylic, watercolor, etc.) with potentials that bridge... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry.  We generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual, yet... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Remembrance of Writers Past: Magda Szabo and Fumiko Enchiidely read in their respective countries, Hungary and Japan, the novels of Magda Szabo and Fumiko Enchi have recently been introduced to American readers, thus sealing their importance among contemporary writers.  Szabo's novel The... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop: Selected PoemsAlthough Bishop met Lowell when she was in her thirties and they remained lifelong friends, their backgrounds, preoccupations, and poetry were different.  Lowell wrote poems about his parents and other antecedents; Bishop’s father... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Sci-Fi Goes to the MoviesThe science-fiction film genre dates back to silent movies of the early 20th century, including films based on classic literary works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. By the 1950s, movie screens were filled with alien invasions,... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 6, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityThis course is designed to serve as a guide to understanding how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions is popular with OLLI members who have busy schedules since each week presents a different lecturer with a different topic. Missing a class does not mean you will lose course continuity... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 2:00PM - 3:15PM $90.00 Available
The Labyrinth: Metaphor for LifeWalking the labyrinth is an activity from medieval times that has recently gained tremendous popularity around the world. This class will provide an opportunity to walk a 24 foot canvas labyrinth indoors. Finger labyrinths of... Sep 25, 2018 to Oct 30, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
The Russian Imperial Monarchy: Part I: The Rise of Imperial RussiaThis course will trace Russian history from the formation of the Kievan Rus and the emergence of Kiev as its political and cultural center in the 9th century and the subsequent change of Russia's political center to the forest lands... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Story of Maps and Atlases: From Ptolemy to Google EarthAside from their obvious utility for navigation, exploration, and military strategy, maps and atlases have always been a source of fascination. They give a sense of the world beyond our immediate environment and of our place in that... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Understanding Diagnosis and Mental DisordersThis course, through lecture and open discussion, will explore how mental health professionals make diagnoses and how diagnosis has changed over the past 50 years. Specifically, we will look at psychoses,  bipolar and related... Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Vincent Willem Van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis overview of Vincent van Gogh will cover the life and powerfully expressive art of this extraordinary artist.  A Dutch post-impressionist, he became one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art. Self-taught... Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Warbirds: A Brief History of Military Aviation From The Wright Brothers to 1945  This course follows the history of military aviation from the earliest days of flying to the end of WWII. Most of the course will focus on planes, individuals and events involved with WWII. We will spend one class on WWI and the... Oct 16, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Women and SportsWhy do comparatively few women play sports? This course will take up this question from a variety of perspectives such as cultural anthropology,  philosophy of  sport and sociology of sport. We will consider what counts as a sport... Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 5:00PM - 6:30PM $90.00 Canceled
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"Tangled-Inspired Botanicals" Zentangle WorkshopInspired by the book: Tangled Inspired Botanicals by Sharla Hicks, in this class you'll learn how to develop your own style of tangle-inspired foliage, flowers and other nature inspired plants to create a stunning botanical design.... Sep 12, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Available
A Pared Down Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Critical ThinkingOne of the more popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) from Duke has been Professor William Sinnott-Armstrong's series on critical thinking -- how to reason and argue.  Studying at a computer in isolation at home for 12 weeks... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Ballet History: Back to BasicsThe basics are back!  This course will cover ballet history, its special language and training.  Amply illustrated with a variety of videos, this should appeal to novices and seasoned balletomanes alike.  We'll start with training,... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Beyond Beginner: Topics in PhotographyThis course will introduce experienced digital photographers to a new photographic topic every week. We’ll start with a review of the basics: exposure, composition, depth of field. Subsequent weeks will cover topics such as as macro... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Beyond Knit and Purl: Demystifying Knitted KnockersStatistically, all of us know someone affected by breast cancer.  Knitted Knockers is a non-profit dedicated to providing post-surgical breast cancer patients with high-quality, hand-knit prosthetics.  The charity relies on... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFOR BABY BOOMERS:  Did you know that your movement habits at age 50 & 60 will impact how you feel at age 70 & beyond?  You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more agile... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now?  You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are.  It’s not... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Available
Dance Around the WorldDance Around the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  Each week students will experience a different culture through music and dance.  Examples of this global exploration include the... Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Explore Acrylics: Let's Explore this Versatile MediumThis is going to be so much fun!  We'll experiment with 14 Golden acrylic colors and mediums that come in a special package for under $30.  We'll use Heavy Body Acrylics, Fluid Acrylics, Open Acrylics, High Flow Acrylics, Gels,... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 7, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648.  After a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, importance... Sep 26, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Inner Workings of the Stock Market: An Insider's PerspectiveSince the financial crisis of 2008, there has been much discussion about the potential for financial institutions to influence and, perhaps, even to manipulate, the stock market. This course examines the major participants in the... Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Investments & Finance in RetirementGood investment decisions can make for a good retirement!  Join us as we explore the world of finance with a focus on the retiree.  Over 10 sessions, we will provide you with the tools to help you understand the world of retirement... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Chunky ScarfLearn to transform a few balls of yarn into a scarf in this hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off stitches or as a refresher for those who haven't knitted recently... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
More Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Latest Selections   Latin American cinema is today considered among the world’s best. Aided by digital advances, favorable production capacity, and international financing, its technical and artistic merit has brought global recognition. Three of... Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Wait List
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! While in the Fall and Winter terms the New Horizons Chorus works on preparing pieces for an end-of-semester concert, during the Spring term there is a focus on vocal technique and health... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Canceled
OLLI at the Nasher: Contemporary Art from the Permanent CollectionThis discussion-based course is focused on the Fall contemporary art exhibition at the Nasher:  "People Get Ready--Building A Contemporary Collection."  The course will explore issues of race and contemporary art using the... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we? How do our thoughts affect our world? How do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? Is there an unseen connection between all of us, and if so, how can we use that to make this... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Richard Wagner (1813-1883): His LegacyMore than 200 years since his birth, Richard Wilhelm Wagner still attracts passionate advocates as well as vehement opponents. His virulent anti-Semitism and his outlandish narcissism often blind listeners to the power of his... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare's Macbeth: Murder and Moral MayhemAs Shakespearean scholar David Bevington observes, Macbeth's "awareness of and sensitivity to moral issues, together with his conscious choice of evil, produce an unnerving account of human failure, all the more distressing because... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Exploration of Mars:Past, Present, and FutureWe've been to the Moon, we continue to live and work in low Earth orbit, our next space frontier is Mars. While the incredible entry descent and landing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity make it look easy, reaching Mars... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The History of New York City: A Hell of a TownFounded in 1624, New York City has always played a vital part in the history of the American nation. It still today reigns as the  commercial, financial, intellectual and psychological heart of the nation, yet many of our citizens... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Russian State: Yeltsin through PutinThis course traces the development of the Russian Federation under Boris Yeltsin, emphasizing the economic crisis of “shock therapy” from 1991 to 1999, the accompanying presidential-parliamentary turmoil of 1993, and the adoption of... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyInitially we will cover the organization of the federal court system, Supreme Court jurisdiction, and the principle of Supreme Court judicial review.  The course will then consider some of the more vexing constitutional law issues... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Three RooseveltsHow did these patricians escape the triple confines of a family life held in a powerful class, almost a caste, system? And once they broke free and started to crack open the social and economic structure, what changes did they try... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with 86 billion neurons and hundreds of trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not accuracy or even perception of reality.   As amazing as its... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Trade in a Globalized World: Could protectionism and trade wars affect you?We are living in a globalized world where trade and international agreements have played a major role in the economic development and economic growth of developed and developing countries. Protectionism, trade wars and abandoning... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00PM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
Turkey: Between Two WorldsThis course is about Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country located mostly in Asia, though Turkey has been a sturdy member of NATO and a candidate for membership in the EU. The course will move chronologically from the first arrival... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Watercolor Painting for BeginnersThis course is a  great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:00AM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
We Are Losing The Climate Change Mitigation Challenge: Is It Too Late To Recover?The course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss that: Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 C warming from the pre-industrial era;... Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Working with DNA: What Skills Do You Need?Many people decide to have their DNA analyzed for genealogy, to discover their ethnicity and biological relatives, known and unknown. But often they do not understand what cannot be discovered through DNA testing or what skills are... Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your Enthusiasm StyleLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Zentangle Illuminated Letter WorkshopAn illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and can be in color with gold applied in areas, while the rest of the text remains black. The images used to enhance the letters... Oct 17, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
"If You Can Walk, You Can Dance"As told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance" and in this class we WILL dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
A Journey Through the Music of Van MorrisonVan Morrison is a music icon. However, if you know only Van's catchy, early songs like Brown-Eyed Girl, you have missed out on a treasure trove of fantastic music. We will journey through the Belfast Cowboy's 39 albums and hundreds... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeIn the current socio-political environment there is a lack of information and sometimes even disinformation about certain subjects, among them Islam. This course aims at informing the participants about the basic tenets of Islam,... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
ChessRefreshStave off Alzheimer's, while having a great time.  Each week a different opening and theme will be explored. Cooperative analysis is employed in these stand-alone sessions. The element of competition will be removed during class... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
De la Révolution française à Napoléon I"De la Révolution française à Napoléon I," taught in French,  is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French. The French Revolution marks a total rupture with the “Ancien Régime” of divine monarchy and... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Exploration of Wines from Piedmont Region of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey to the Piedmont region of Italy.  Each week we will focus on local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis and Gavi.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production.  We will... Oct 18, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from Piedmont Region of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey to the Piedmont region of Italy.  Each week we will focus on local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis and Gavi.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production.  We will... Oct 18, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from the Rhone Valley, Vienne to AvignonJoin us for a four week journey down the Rhone river from Vienne to Avignon.  Each week we will focus on part of the valley that brings so much of the bounty of France's wines.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the... Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 4, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from the Rhone Valley, Vienne to AvignonJoin us for a four week journey down the Rhone river from Vienne to Avignon.  Each week we will focus on part of the valley that brings so much of the bounty of France's wines.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the... Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 4, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Explore watercolor palettes on botanical subjectsUsing available botanical subjects from fruits and nuts to fall flowers to tree leaves, students will explore the differences in color options. A variety of pigments will be used to create a study in pastel colors, primary colors,... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Financial Market History: Lessons from the Last 3000 YearsIn this course we will examine financial market history since about 1000 BCE.  In this very quick overview, we will look at the history and causes of asset bubbles, market crashes, sovereign defaults in both the US and abroad,  and... Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 18, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Food Insecurity in Durham: A Community Engagement CourseThis course on food insecurity in Durham is the first project of the newly formed OLLI Community Engagement Special Interest Group (CE-SIG; see page * for a description of the SIG).  Participants will learn about food insecurity by... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Hannah Arendt on Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about the century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She emigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught at the New School, and... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
How Drugs WorkThis course will allow participants to describe the fundamental effects of major classes of drugs. Class discussions will involve how the parts of your body work (physiology), what sorts of things can go wrong (pathology) and how... Sep 20, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Into the Wild: Modern American Nature PoetryAs we read the works of four outstanding poets, we seek to discover and deepen our appreciation of nature and the connection of nature to poetry. In the work of Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize winner, we discover a blend of intimacy and... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Music and Emotions: How Do Composers Manipulate Your Moods?Music awakens emotions and feelings in  mind and body. Yet, music is fundamentally a non-verbal form of expression that does not require semantic interpretation. It's just sounds. How, then, does music reflect emotions?  What causes... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
Oil Painting Right from the StartA course for absolute beginners to intermediate or advanced painters who want to review the basics or get going again. We'll cover basic  equipment, brushwork, color, color mixing, color schemes, values, composition, design elements... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM $80.00 Available
OLLI Harp EnsembleThe "Harp Adventure" continues!  Join the OLLI Harp Ensemble as we prepare music for our Holiday Harps Concert.  Repertoire will include classic Christmas carols and selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.  This class is... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
OLLI/Duke Student Summer Reading DiscussionWe are reaching out to invite you to participate in a new OLLI at Duke collaboration with the Duke University Office of New Student Programs (ONSP). The ONSP coordinates all efforts related to welcoming new students including... Aug 23, 2018 5:00PM - 8:00PM $0.00 Enrollment Closed
Poetry Writing and Revision 2.0This workshop invites practicing poets to grow their poetry. Each workshop starts with opening the poetry toolbox. We will explore together different craft elements, and read a dazzling poem to illustrate the element and inspire you... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted By the SeaCome discover Portugal and its glory: from the brave discoveries of the XV century navigators , to the soul touching fado music, the mouth-watering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage with... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Post Colonial Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black AtlanticThought about exploring non-Western literature?  When in the 19th and 20th centuries, western Europe and the United States imposed their will upon the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they hardly imagined that their... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Read and Discuss: Man Booker Prize SelectionsThe Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. It has brought reward, readership, and recognition to outstanding fiction for over 40 years. In 2014 eligibility for the annual award was widened to... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 18, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Troubled Lovers: A Study of Four PlaysMany of Shakespeare's plays focus on tangled love relationships that can lead to marriage, reconciliation, or death.  This course will deal with four items:  a well-known story about star-crossed lovers (Romeo and Juliet); a... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai Chi (Taijiquan or T’ai Chi Ch’üan), is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Terry Barnett Collaborative Photography SeminarThis interactive seminar is for Intermediate and Advanced photographers. The focus will be on learning to take and present well composed photographic images. Each participant will have the opportunity to produce an individual... Sep 20, 2018 to May 16, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
The Triumph of the Three Amigos: Del Toro, Inarritu, and CuaronThis class pays homage to the new wave of three new Mexican directors: Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro G. Inárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón. We will see two films by Del Toro and Cuarón and one by Inárritu. In addition, the instructor will... Sep 20, 2018 to Nov 1, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Western Art History from the Renaissance to Post Impressionism Do you regret that you missed taking Introduction to the History of Art as an undergraduate?  Here's your opportunity to fill this void, or get an excellent refresher course, on the rich history of Western art from the Renaissance... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Writing Your Life as Story: A Creative Nonfiction WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Maybe it's time to write yours down? With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, share, learn from each other and create. We will cover such topics as: battling writing perfectionism,... Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Botanical Contact Printing and IndigoIt's that time of year when harvest is happening and the leaf tannins run high along with the approaching fall color.  Join us at the Duke Campus Farm to learn all about Botanical Contact Printing.  Prepare your own handmade book... Sep 21, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM $20.00 Available
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Greek Myths in Western ArtThis course will show how artists, from classical antiquity through the twentieth century, depicted the Greek views of Creation, the twelve Olympian gods, and several well-known myths associated with each deity. The course aims to... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM $90.00 Available
Indigo at Duke Campus FarmJoin Catherine Cross Tsintzos and the staff at Duke Campus Farm for a half day of fun at an Indigo dyeing workshop. Engage with the Heritage plants at the farm while learning about the history of indigo and experience ways of... Sep 14, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00PM $20.00 Available
Science of Cooking and Eating for Non-ScientistsKnowingly or not, every cook is a physicist, a chemist, a microbiologist, and an anatomist, and every eater is a complicated food processor. Course participants will learn how basic science can improve their cooking and eating.... Sep 14, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Architecture of Healing at DukeWithin the last 20 years five architectural projects have been built on Duke University's campus, and each of these buildings have addressed aspects of health and well being as their primary mission.  The course will give a... Oct 5, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Plays of Edward Albee: Absurdity, Tragedy, and the Uncanny in American Domesticity from The Sand Box to At Home at the ZooEdward Albee (1928-2016), winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards (including for lifetime achievement), belongs in the pantheon of the greatest American dramatists alongside O'Neill, Williams, and Miller. In this... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Sound of Music, American StyleSara Craven Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture GapGain a deeper understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture and economics to that of Europe. We will look at surprising philosophical and literary themes common to both cultures, review common obstacles faced by... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Using English: Looking under the hood, for lifelong driversWhy is "It is I" not correct? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? We are all proficient users of English, but we have vague or downright wrong ideas about how the language works.  This... Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Exploring CinemaExploring Cinema is an appreciation of film through the examination of diverse genres and themes. Each week, a complete film will be screened and followed by a class discussion. This semester, the course will explore the following... Sep 9, 2018 to Nov 18, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and His ArchitectureThe American Institute of Architects hailed him as the “greatest American architect of all time.” Frank Lloyd Wright had great contempt for the American Institute of Architects; yet, he would have agreed with their assessment of him... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 22, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... (Wednesdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... (Wednesdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... (Wednesdays), (Thursdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Georgia O'Keeffe; The Female Image and Image MakerIn this 6-week course we will use the encyclopedic collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art to survey: 1) images of women and images by women to 1900;  2) the world and life of Georgia O'Keeffe; and 3) how her images relate to... (Wednesdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 7, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
OLLI at the Nasher: Contemporary Art from the Permanent CollectionThis discussion-based course is focused on the Fall contemporary art exhibition at the Nasher:  "People Get Ready--Building A Contemporary Collection."  The course will explore issues of race and contemporary art using the... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Reading Cathedrals of Britain: Their Design, Architecture, and ImageryCathedrals, a favorite destination for adventurers and photographers, have wonderful stories to tell.  But to understand their stories you have to speak their language.  This five-week class explores the reasons behind the... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Canceled
The Architecture of Healing at DukeWithin the last 20 years five architectural projects have been built on Duke University's campus, and each of these buildings have addressed aspects of health and well being as their primary mission.  The course will give a... (Fridays)Oct 5, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The BauhausCombining the arts and crafts movement with early Twentieth Century methods of industrialization against a backdrop of social turmoil and a new approach to arts education, Germany’s Staatliches Bauhaus transformed design and... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM $90.00 Available
Vincent Willem Van Gogh: His Life and His ArtThis overview of Vincent van Gogh will cover the life and powerfully expressive art of this extraordinary artist.  A Dutch post-impressionist, he became one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art. Self-taught... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Western Art History from the Renaissance to Post Impressionism Do you regret that you missed taking Introduction to the History of Art as an undergraduate?  Here's your opportunity to fill this void, or get an excellent refresher course, on the rich history of Western art from the Renaissance... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Beyond Beginner: Topics in PhotographyThis course will introduce experienced digital photographers to a new photographic topic every week. We’ll start with a review of the basics: exposure, composition, depth of field. Subsequent weeks will cover topics such as as macro... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Creating Distinctive Videos on Your iPhone or iPadHave you ever wanted to make your own creative videos easily, and for free? Now you can, using the powerful video production capabilities of your iPhone or iPad! This course will reveal these abilities and teach you how to make... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Cyber-Security 101: Practical Tips for Non-techiesHow secure is your computer right now?  You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are.  It’s not... (Wednesdays)Oct 3, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM $60.00 Available
Digital Camera ExperienceDo you have a digital camera? Do you want to learn and practice the ins and outs of digital photography? This course, a combination of lecture and digital photo-taking, will teach what you really need to know to use your camera’s... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Easy WordPress Websites: Professional-looking Websites without Advanced Technical SkillsEven if you are a complete beginner you can learn to build, design and manage a high-performance Wordpress website. WordPress powers over 20% of the web because it is an easy, flexible and powerful way to create a blog or full-blown... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Home Automation: Planning and Implementing your "Smart Home"Have you ever been driving home from a summer vacation and suddenly thought: "Oh no, the house will be warm and stuffy, the floors need vacuuming, and do I need milk?” Now, technology can help put these worries out of your mind! In... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Intro to Photoshop Elements: Photo Editing for Mac and PCLearn to use Adobe's Photoshop Elements (v. 14) for improving those less-than-perfect shots, cropping and resizing images for the internet, and creating templates for special projects. Hands-on experience will include retouching... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Nov 13, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
Introduction to Digital Image Editing with Adobe LightroomThe difference between a good digital photograph and a great one can be a simple matter of post-processing.  The tools needed to take your images to the next level are all contained in one application.  Adobe Lightroom© is designed... (Mondays)Oct 29, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Introduction to iPhone PhotographyThe best camera is the one that you have with you.  Maybe that's why, the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and "iPhoneographers" take and share more images than photographers with any other camera. Today's... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 2, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Selling and Buying Treasures on the Internet: Using eBay and Other SitesIf you'd like to sell or buy on eBay, we'll show you how. We'll learn to navigate around eBay --both selling and buying --but we'll also explore other venues (Craigslist, Amazon, Etsy, Rubylane, Bonanza), and we'll research and... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 18, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Terry Barnett Collaborative Photography SeminarThis interactive seminar is for Intermediate and Advanced photographers. The focus will be on learning to take and present well composed photographic images. Each participant will have the opportunity to produce an individual... (Thursdays)Sep 20, 2018 to May 16, 2019 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Economics, Finances & Retirement
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementThere are many financial stages to each individual's retirement. The decisions one faces can be overwhelming and confusing, they but are extremely important as one plans for 30 years without a paycheck. It all starts when you leave... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
A Brief Overview of Economic Issues Affecting SeniorsJoin us for this five-week interactive course designed to address some of today's economic issues that impact seniors. Issues include: wealth accumulation and preservation: some facts and fallacies; globalization and trade wars: why... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Financial Market History: Lessons from the Last 3000 YearsIn this course we will examine financial market history since about 1000 BCE.  In this very quick overview, we will look at the history and causes of asset bubbles, market crashes, sovereign defaults in both the US and abroad,  and... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 18, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
Inner Workings of the Stock Market: An Insider's PerspectiveSince the financial crisis of 2008, there has been much discussion about the potential for financial institutions to influence and, perhaps, even to manipulate, the stock market. This course examines the major participants in the... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Investments & Finance in RetirementGood investment decisions can make for a good retirement!  Join us as we explore the world of finance with a focus on the retiree.  Over 10 sessions, we will provide you with the tools to help you understand the world of retirement... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Stay Put or Move On? Age-In-Place or Move to a Retirement CommunityThis course is designed to serve as a guide to understanding how to provide for continued independence and the highest quality of life as aging progresses and life-care needs change. We explore the challenges and opportunities that... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Trade in a Globalized World: Could protectionism and trade wars affect you?We are living in a globalized world where trade and international agreements have played a major role in the economic development and economic growth of developed and developing countries. Protectionism, trade wars and abandoning... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00PM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Lifestyles
Course Time Tuition Status
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
"If You Can Walk, You Can Dance"As told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance" and in this class we WILL dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with ballet barre (great for improving... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 2:00PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
A Pared Down Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Critical ThinkingOne of the more popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) from Duke has been Professor William Sinnott-Armstrong's series on critical thinking -- how to reason and argue.  Studying at a computer in isolation at home for 12 weeks... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Change Your Age: Use Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More FitFOR BABY BOOMERS:  Did you know that your movement habits at age 50 & 60 will impact how you feel at age 70 & beyond?  You can shed your physically limiting habits and learn new habits that make your body and mind more agile... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
ChessRefreshStave off Alzheimer's, while having a great time.  Each week a different opening and theme will be explored. Cooperative analysis is employed in these stand-alone sessions. The element of competition will be removed during class... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Available
Dance Around the WorldDance Around the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  Each week students will experience a different culture through music and dance.  Examples of this global exploration include the... (Wednesdays)Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Embracing Challenges and Opportunities in the Last Third of LifeIn the last third of our lives, we face both challenges and opportunities. Retirement, loss of a job, a diagnosis or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity/self-esteem... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from Piedmont Region of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey to the Piedmont region of Italy.  Each week we will focus on local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis and Gavi.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production.  We will... (Thursdays)Oct 18, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from Piedmont Region of ItalyJoin us for a four week journey to the Piedmont region of Italy.  Each week we will focus on local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis and Gavi.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the basics of production.  We will... (Thursdays)Oct 18, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from the Rhone Valley, Vienne to AvignonJoin us for a four week journey down the Rhone river from Vienne to Avignon.  Each week we will focus on part of the valley that brings so much of the bounty of France's wines.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 4, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Exploration of Wines from the Rhone Valley, Vienne to AvignonJoin us for a four week journey down the Rhone river from Vienne to Avignon.  Each week we will focus on part of the valley that brings so much of the bounty of France's wines.  We will examine the beverage styles and learn the... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Oct 4, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Functional Fitness Training for 50+Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports.  While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
How to Help Your Grandchildren Learn MathHelping school-age children learn math requires time and patience; grandparents typically have an ample supply of both, sometimes more than parents. It's the same math we learned when we were kids, but the approach and terminology... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Keeping Your Muscles and Bones Fit: How to Extend the Quality of Your LifeWhat do exercise, a good diet, relaxation and socialization have in common? They all help to extend the quality of life. Added together, there can be 16 years of more quality. You already know it's important to maintain strength,... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Qigong: Energy for LifeQigong (say it "chee-goong") refers to a vast body of traditional Chinese exercise designed to enhance one's personal life-force for healing, wellness, daily vitality, strength, emotional balance, and spiritual progress. "Qi" -... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai Chi (Taijiquan or T’ai Chi Ch’üan), is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the belief that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The 8 Keys to Thriving As You AgeAging can feel like a daunting task; filled with many decisions and changes that are challenging and out of our control. Now you can take back the wheel! In this class you will find yourself back in the driver's seat, as we explore... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Oct 8, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The Art of CookingLocal chef David Sovero believes you can create a gourmet yet good, healthy and inexpensive meal using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Each week, he will provide a meat (seafood, pork, chicken, beef, or vegetarian);... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 19, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
The Labyrinth: Metaphor for LifeWalking the labyrinth is an activity from medieval times that has recently gained tremendous popularity around the world. This class will provide an opportunity to walk a 24 foot canvas labyrinth indoors. Finger labyrinths of... (Tuesdays)Sep 25, 2018 to Oct 30, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
What to Eat and Why: Evidence-Based Guide to Healthy NutritionRecommendations are abundant on what we should eat and drink in order to maximize our longevity and quality of life. Some are designed to sell us products that are not in our best interest. Others come from well-intentioned sources... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Dance Around the WorldDance Around the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  Each week students will experience a different culture through music and dance.  Examples of this global exploration include the... (Wednesdays)Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
"Tangled-Inspired Botanicals" Zentangle WorkshopInspired by the book: Tangled Inspired Botanicals by Sharla Hicks, in this class you'll learn how to develop your own style of tangle-inspired foliage, flowers and other nature inspired plants to create a stunning botanical design.... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Available
A Taste of Traditional Japanese EmbroideryJapanese embroidery (nihon shishu in Japanese) is a collection of embroidery techniques that originated more than 1600 years ago.  Even today, both traditional and modern designs are being created with these methods, using silk... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 9, 2018 9:30AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Beyond Knit and Purl: Demystifying Knitted KnockersStatistically, all of us know someone affected by breast cancer.  Knitted Knockers is a non-profit dedicated to providing post-surgical breast cancer patients with high-quality, hand-knit prosthetics.  The charity relies on... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Beyond Knit and Purl: Knit Elegant Placemats for your tableRoll up your sleeves and get ready to set an elegant table inspired by Biltmore house.   We'll use intarsia to create  blocks of color to form a cutlery design and carry and trap our background color behind the design in a technique... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Botanical Contact Printing and IndigoIt's that time of year when harvest is happening and the leaf tannins run high along with the approaching fall color.  Join us at the Duke Campus Farm to learn all about Botanical Contact Printing.  Prepare your own handmade book... (Fridays)Sep 21, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM $20.00 Available
Chinese Brush Painting: Flowers, Birds and CardsStudents will learn to paint flowers (including some holiday flowers) and birds.  The pictures can be framed or used to make greeting cards. Each person will complete a beautiful painting in every class, while practicing basic brush... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Explore Acrylics: Let's Explore this Versatile MediumThis is going to be so much fun!  We'll experiment with 14 Golden acrylic colors and mediums that come in a special package for under $30.  We'll use Heavy Body Acrylics, Fluid Acrylics, Open Acrylics, High Flow Acrylics, Gels,... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Explore watercolor palettes on botanical subjectsUsing available botanical subjects from fruits and nuts to fall flowers to tree leaves, students will explore the differences in color options. A variety of pigments will be used to create a study in pastel colors, primary colors,... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Available
Indigo at Duke Campus FarmJoin Catherine Cross Tsintzos and the staff at Duke Campus Farm for a half day of fun at an Indigo dyeing workshop. Engage with the Heritage plants at the farm while learning about the history of indigo and experience ways of... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 10:00AM - 3:00PM $20.00 Available
Introduction to CalligraphyThis is an introduction to calligraphy to allow you to become familiar with the art. This hands on session will help you look at letters in a new light and explore the possibilities in using a broad tip pen.  This is a 3 hr workshop... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Wait List
Learn to Knit a Chunky ScarfLearn to transform a few balls of yarn into a scarf in this hands-on class.  The class is designed for the beginner to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off stitches or as a refresher for those who haven't knitted recently... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Oil Painting Right from the StartA course for absolute beginners to intermediate or advanced painters who want to review the basics or get going again. We'll cover basic  equipment, brushwork, color, color mixing, color schemes, values, composition, design elements... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 15, 2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM $80.00 Available
Painting with Beeswax/Oil for Creativity, Convenience and ControlThis course introduces the novice to the Beeswax/Oil medium in painting and the experienced artist to a painting process that combines benefits of other mediums (Oil varnish, acrylic, watercolor, etc.) with potentials that bridge... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Watercolor Painting for Absolute Beginners to Advanced PaintersIf you have always thought it would be wonderful to paint, but you have never tried or never had real success, this is the opportunity for you to learn.  This active, hands-on course offers highly individualized instruction.  Every... (Mondays)Oct 1, 2018 to Nov 5, 2018 1:30PM - 4:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Watercolor Painting for BeginnersThis course is a  great opportunity to learn the basics of painting with watercolors for those who have never done this before but always wanted to try.  Students will learn about materials, glazing, painting wet-in-wet, color... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:00AM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Wait List
ZentangleThe Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Available
Zentangle Illuminated Letter WorkshopAn illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and can be in color with gold applied in areas, while the rest of the text remains black. The images used to enhance the letters... (Wednesdays)Oct 17, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM $20.00 Wait List
History & Current Affairs
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsMalcolm Gladwell and others have advanced our knowledge by looking at familiar topics in thought-provoking new ways.  In this magazine-format class, each week a different instructor presents a challenging topic, ranging from art to... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
American Colonial Development and the Creation of the "American" SystemThis course will take a look at the development of the 13 original American colonies from 1607 - 1776 and analyze how that development contributed to the creation of an "American" system of government as well as an "American"... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Elections 2018As a group we will discuss the current state and congressional election campaigns and  examine the prospects for each candidate's election.  Facilitated Discussion (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Canceled
For Richer, For Poorer: The US in the 1920s and 1930sIn the United States, the period between World War I and World War II saw an economic boom and the greatest economic depression in the country's history, the beginning and end of Prohibition, the rise and fall of the Second Ku Klux... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
German Political Currents 1648 to PresentThis course is intended as a discussion of the main currents in German political history since 1648.  After a brief review of chronology, each session will cover one large topic, such as militarism, religion in politics, importance... (Wednesdays)Sep 26, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $80.00 Available
Great Decisions 2018For over 60 years the Foreign Policy Association has encouraged the creation of discussion groups throughout the United States to examine some of the world's greatest challenges and dilemmas. This year's eight topics are: The Waning... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 6, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Wait List
How Airports Work: A Behind the Scenes Look at AviationAirports are fascinating organisms. While they provide the bases for the worldwide transportation systems, they are like cities unto themselves, a microcosm of the outside world. The course will take students from Balloons to the... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Intelligence Operations in the 20th CenturyThis course examines the role of intelligence organizations in the western world in the 20th century. On a broad scale, we review the development of organizations tasked with the mission of collecting, assessing, and reporting... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
It Did Not Start With Gas ChambersAre you bothered by so much hate-filled rhetoric in our society? Are you concerned about the growth of white supremacist ideology & Neo-Nazi groups?  Do you worry this is 1930's Germany all over again?  Are the Pledge of... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 12, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Medieval Irish History: From St. Patrick to the Flight of the EarlsThis course will explore major themes in the first millennium of Irish history, from the coming of Christianity and the “Golden Age” of the Irish Church, to the invasions of the Vikings and the English, and finally the fall of... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Six Ways of Commerce and Migration in England's Southeastern Colonies, 1585-1787This course will trace a half dozen ancient routes of commerce and migration in the Southeastern US. In doing so it will illustrate the interplay between economics, geography, and politics in establishing transportation... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Talkin' Baseball III: Part of American Culture's Fabric"Baseball, my son, is the cornerstone of civilization." - Dagwood Bumstead (courtesy of Chic Young). The above statement was assuredly written with tongue in cheek for humorous effect. However, baseball is interwoven into American... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
The History of New York City: A Hell of a TownFounded in 1624, New York City has always played a vital part in the history of the American nation. It still today reigns as the  commercial, financial, intellectual and psychological heart of the nation, yet many of our citizens... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Jews of SpainThis course will examine the history of the Jews of Spain from before the Roman Era to the present day.  Special emphasis will be given to: the life and achievements of the Jews under Moorish rule;  the treatment of Jews under... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
The Russian Imperial Monarchy: Part I: The Rise of Imperial RussiaThis course will trace Russian history from the formation of the Kievan Rus and the emergence of Kiev as its political and cultural center in the 9th century and the subsequent change of Russia's political center to the forest lands... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Russian State: Yeltsin through PutinThis course traces the development of the Russian Federation under Boris Yeltsin, emphasizing the economic crisis of “shock therapy” from 1991 to 1999, the accompanying presidential-parliamentary turmoil of 1993, and the adoption of... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Story of Maps and Atlases: From Ptolemy to Google EarthAside from their obvious utility for navigation, exploration, and military strategy, maps and atlases have always been a source of fascination. They give a sense of the world beyond our immediate environment and of our place in that... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in the Twenty-First CenturyInitially we will cover the organization of the federal court system, Supreme Court jurisdiction, and the principle of Supreme Court judicial review.  The course will then consider some of the more vexing constitutional law issues... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The Three RooseveltsHow did these patricians escape the triple confines of a family life held in a powerful class, almost a caste, system? And once they broke free and started to crack open the social and economic structure, what changes did they try... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news from around the world, across the United States, and in the Triangle. The facilitator will provide an agenda of discussion topics, and members of... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Turkey: Between Two WorldsThis course is about Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country located mostly in Asia, though Turkey has been a sturdy member of NATO and a candidate for membership in the EU. The course will move chronologically from the first arrival... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture GapGain a deeper understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture and economics to that of Europe. We will look at surprising philosophical and literary themes common to both cultures, review common obstacles faced by... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Volcanoes and Their Impact on Human SocietyToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased.  Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we'll explore these... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Warbirds: A Brief History of Military Aviation From The Wright Brothers to 1945  This course follows the history of military aviation from the earliest days of flying to the end of WWII. Most of the course will focus on planes, individuals and events involved with WWII. We will spend one class on WWI and the... (Tuesdays)Oct 16, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Volcanoes and Their Impact on Human SocietyToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased.  Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we'll explore these... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
Volcanoes and Their Impact on Human SocietyToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased.  Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we'll explore these... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
A History of CalculusModern day calculus had a long incubation period stretching back into antiquity.  We start by looking at modern-day concepts.  Then we look to the past to see where the basic concepts originated.  We investigate how close... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Biological Effects of RadiationThe course will cover the basics of radiation physics, the mechanisms of radiation interaction with human tissue, and radiation exposure measurements.  The course will analyze the radiation forms and risk for all of the medical... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Frontiers in MedicineEach session, the scientific foundations of a different health-related topic will be presented.  This semester the topics will include: (1) exercise and the brain; (2) bone health; (3) how much exercise is needed to prevent... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Geologic controversies, ancient and modernTopics that have played an important role in advancing our understanding of the Earth and how it has evolved, have initially been highly controversial and the subject of spirited debates.  Ten such topics, chosen for both historical... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
How Drugs WorkThis course will allow participants to describe the fundamental effects of major classes of drugs. Class discussions will involve how the parts of your body work (physiology), what sorts of things can go wrong (pathology) and how... (Thursdays)Sep 20, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Pilotless Commercial Flight - Which is Safer: Man or Machine?"Pilot Error" is most frequently cited as a cause of aircraft accidents.  So it would seem that today's technological evolution (after drones and driverless cars) would logically lead to pilotless commercial aircraft.  Just think... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Science of Cooking and Eating for Non-ScientistsKnowingly or not, every cook is a physicist, a chemist, a microbiologist, and an anatomist, and every eater is a complicated food processor. Course participants will learn how basic science can improve their cooking and eating.... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions!Symposia: Scientific Excursions and Diversions is popular with OLLI members who have busy schedules since each week presents a different lecturer with a different topic. Missing a class does not mean you will lose course continuity... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 2:00PM - 3:15PM $90.00 Available
The Exploration of Mars:Past, Present, and FutureWe've been to the Moon, we continue to live and work in low Earth orbit, our next space frontier is Mars. While the incredible entry descent and landing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity make it look easy, reaching Mars... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Volcanoes and Their Impact on Human SocietyToba, Thera, Tambora, Krakatoa, Vesuvius, and a host of other volcanoes have left footprints in history that cannot be erased.  Aside from learning about the nature of volcanoes and their destructive forces, we'll explore these... (Mondays)Oct 15, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $50.00 Available
We Are Losing The Climate Change Mitigation Challenge: Is It Too Late To Recover?The course will present a comprehensive analysis of the global climate challenge and will substantiate and discuss that: Global warming has accelerated in recent years, approaching 1.2 C warming from the pre-industrial era;... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Language, Literature & Drama
Course Time Tuition Status
About the Latin Language - What makes it a Classic?This course will continue to explore the interdisciplinary magic of the language of the Romans. Whether you are familiar with the Latin language or not, this course will reveal new ways of looking at Latin and its lasting effects.... (Tuesdays)Oct 9, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
De la Révolution française à Napoléon I"De la Révolution française à Napoléon I," taught in French,  is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French. The French Revolution marks a total rupture with the “Ancien Régime” of divine monarchy and... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Exploring Narnia: A Deeper LookThe Narnia Chronicles by renowned Oxbridge scholar C. S. Lewis have been delighting adults as well as children ever since they first appeared. The novels are often studied as Christian allegories, but serious scholars have long... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 10:30AM - 12:00PM $90.00 Available
Fundamental Chinese Language and CultureEver looked for an opportunity to learn some spoken Chinese (Mandarin)?  Want to know how to write Chinese characters?  This course combines those elements of language with a detailed tour of Chinese places.  In each class meeting,... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 12, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Greek Myths in Western ArtThis course will show how artists, from classical antiquity through the twentieth century, depicted the Greek views of Creation, the twelve Olympian gods, and several well-known myths associated with each deity. The course aims to... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM $90.00 Available
Intermediate Conversational SpanishEach week we will listen to Spanish music, read a children's book in Spanish, eat tapas, and learn a bit more culture, grammar, and vocabulary. This is a continuation of the winter 2018 class, but anyone who has had a year of... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Into the Wild: Modern American Nature PoetryAs we read the works of four outstanding poets, we seek to discover and deepen our appreciation of nature and the connection of nature to poetry. In the work of Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize winner, we discover a blend of intimacy and... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Post Colonial Fiction and Poetry from Africa, Latin America, and the Black AtlanticThought about exploring non-Western literature?  When in the 19th and 20th centuries, western Europe and the United States imposed their will upon the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, they hardly imagined that their... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Read and Discuss: Man Booker Prize SelectionsThe Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. It has brought reward, readership, and recognition to outstanding fiction for over 40 years. In 2014 eligibility for the annual award was widened to... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
Remembrance of Writers Past: Magda Szabo and Fumiko Enchiidely read in their respective countries, Hungary and Japan, the novels of Magda Szabo and Fumiko Enchi have recently been introduced to American readers, thus sealing their importance among contemporary writers.  Szabo's novel The... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Available
Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop: Selected PoemsAlthough Bishop met Lowell when she was in her thirties and they remained lifelong friends, their backgrounds, preoccupations, and poetry were different.  Lowell wrote poems about his parents and other antecedents; Bishop’s father... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Shakespeare's Macbeth: Murder and Moral MayhemAs Shakespearean scholar David Bevington observes, Macbeth's "awareness of and sensitivity to moral issues, together with his conscious choice of evil, produce an unnerving account of human failure, all the more distressing because... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Shakespeare's Troubled Lovers: A Study of Four PlaysMany of Shakespeare's plays focus on tangled love relationships that can lead to marriage, reconciliation, or death.  This course will deal with four items:  a well-known story about star-crossed lovers (Romeo and Juliet); a... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
The Plays of Edward Albee: Absurdity, Tragedy, and the Uncanny in American Domesticity from The Sand Box to At Home at the ZooEdward Albee (1928-2016), winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards (including for lifetime achievement), belongs in the pantheon of the greatest American dramatists alongside O'Neill, Williams, and Miller. In this... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Using English: Looking under the hood, for lifelong driversWhy is "It is I" not correct? Who decides on correctness? How and when is "I am cold" a request for action? We are all proficient users of English, but we have vague or downright wrong ideas about how the language works.  This... (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Social Science & Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Dance Around the WorldDance Around the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  Each week students will experience a different culture through music and dance.  Examples of this global exploration include the... (Wednesdays)Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Contemporary Issues in SportsThe  course will explore the current issues confronting sports. Topics of note in 2018 would include sports involvement in social issues; chronic encephalopathy (CTE); inferences made with some team names such as the Redskins and... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Dance Around the WorldDance Around the World explores rhythms from different cultures in a fun, energetic atmosphere.  Each week students will experience a different culture through music and dance.  Examples of this global exploration include the... (Wednesdays)Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Wait List
Down Homes: More Varieties of the Southern ExperienceIn his 1941 classic The Mind of the South, journalist W.J. Cash remarked, "If it can be said there are many Souths, the fact remains that there is also one South." Flip that sentence around, it's equally true. This course explores... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Available
Food Insecurity in Durham: A Community Engagement CourseThis course on food insecurity in Durham is the first project of the newly formed OLLI Community Engagement Special Interest Group (CE-SIG; see page * for a description of the SIG).  Participants will learn about food insecurity by... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Human Progress: No Better Time to be AliveNo better time?  Thoughtful observers of the news might be forgiven for thinking that we live in the worst of times:  A world plagued by disease, war, mass shootings, poverty, political turmoil, and pollution.  Why, then, do the New... (Tuesdays)Oct 16, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
More Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Latest Selections   Latin American cinema is today considered among the world’s best. Aided by digital advances, favorable production capacity, and international financing, its technical and artistic merit has brought global recognition. Three of... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Oct 17, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Wait List
OLLI/Duke Student Summer Reading DiscussionWe are reaching out to invite you to participate in a new OLLI at Duke collaboration with the Duke University Office of New Student Programs (ONSP). The ONSP coordinates all efforts related to welcoming new students including... (Thursdays)Aug 23, 2018 5:00PM - 8:00PM $0.00 Enrollment Closed
Portugal: The Garden of Europe Planted By the SeaCome discover Portugal and its glory: from the brave discoveries of the XV century navigators , to the soul touching fado music, the mouth-watering culinary delicacies, to the innovative changes of today. Students will engage with... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Canceled
Sci-Fi Goes to the MoviesThe science-fiction film genre dates back to silent movies of the early 20th century, including films based on classic literary works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. By the 1950s, movie screens were filled with alien invasions,... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 6, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Wait List
The Sound of Music, American StyleSara Craven (Fridays)Sep 14, 2018 to Nov 30, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Think Again and Again - Follow up to Think Again courseThis is a follow up course to Think Again and is open to those who have taken the original course.  There will be regular reading assignments including articles and independent research in preparation for lively and thought... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Think Again: Brain Limitations and PotentialsThe human brain, a remarkable organ with 86 billion neurons and hundreds of trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not accuracy or even perception of reality.   As amazing as its... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Understanding Diagnosis and Mental DisordersThis course, through lecture and open discussion, will explore how mental health professionals make diagnoses and how diagnosis has changed over the past 50 years. Specifically, we will look at psychoses,  bipolar and related... (Tuesdays)Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Available
Women and SportsWhy do comparatively few women play sports? This course will take up this question from a variety of perspectives such as cultural anthropology,  philosophy of  sport and sociology of sport. We will consider what counts as a sport... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 5:00PM - 6:30PM $90.00 Canceled
Working with DNA: What Skills Do You Need?Many people decide to have their DNA analyzed for genealogy, to discover their ethnicity and biological relatives, known and unknown. But often they do not understand what cannot be discovered through DNA testing or what skills are... (Wednesdays)Oct 24, 2018 to Nov 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Wait List
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
A Journey Through the Music of Van MorrisonVan Morrison is a music icon. However, if you know only Van's catchy, early songs like Brown-Eyed Girl, you have missed out on a treasure trove of fantastic music. We will journey through the Belfast Cowboy's 39 albums and hundreds... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Ballet History: Back to BasicsThe basics are back!  This course will cover ballet history, its special language and training.  Amply illustrated with a variety of videos, this should appeal to novices and seasoned balletomanes alike.  We'll start with training,... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Exploring CinemaExploring Cinema is an appreciation of film through the examination of diverse genres and themes. Each week, a complete film will be screened and followed by a class discussion. This semester, the course will explore the following... (Sundays)Sep 9, 2018 to Nov 18, 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Available
Highlights of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera SeasonsJoin us for an in-depth look at many of the operas that will be performed by both the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and NC Opera during their 2018-2019 seasons. Through lecture, DVD and live performance, we'll learn about the music... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Improv Theater FUNdamentalsThis is your chance to learn and play with the basics of long-form improv. Key exercises will help get you into a "Yes...and" frame of mind. Learn how to draw creatively from your own life experiences. Let humor emerge naturally... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 9, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
J.S. Bach: The Suites for Solo Cello, Keyboard, and OrchestraWe will listen to, read about, and deepen our understanding of Bach's six suites for solo cello. What is it about this music that has made it so popular for so long? How does it convey such deep emotions? What are the origins of the... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Music and Emotions: How Do Composers Manipulate Your Moods?Music awakens emotions and feelings in  mind and body. Yet, music is fundamentally a non-verbal form of expression that does not require semantic interpretation. It's just sounds. How, then, does music reflect emotions?  What causes... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30PM $90.00 Available
Music in the Movies -- Hollywood's Classic Composers, 1915-1960This is not a course on Hollywood musicals or music videos! Since the inception of motion pictures in the 1890s, so-called "background" music has been in integral part of the movie-goer's experience, even in the days of silent film... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $90.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Concert BandWhere can one expect to play music written by such greats as Gershwin, Sousa, Beethoven, and even The Jersey Boys? Look no farther than the New Horizons Concert Band directed by Jeff Zentner. In true band fashion, a variety of... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Contra BandThe OLLI at Duke New Horizons Band is part of the New Horizons International Music Association, which includes over 175 bands in Canada and the United States. This program is designed to give people 50 years and older a place to... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 3:30PM - 5:30PM $60.00 Available
New Horizons Band: Swing Band/Dixie DukesSWING BAND The New Horizons Band umbrella also includes a swing band which plays many of the war-time songs by such iconic musicians as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Its repertoire also includes newer jazz and pop pieces suitable... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $40.00 Available
New Horizons ChorusMen and Women: Lift Up Your Voices and Sing! While in the Fall and Winter terms the New Horizons Chorus works on preparing pieces for an end-of-semester concert, during the Spring term there is a focus on vocal technique and health... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 3:30PM - 5:00PM $90.00 Canceled
OLLI Harp EnsembleThe "Harp Adventure" continues!  Join the OLLI Harp Ensemble as we prepare music for our Holiday Harps Concert.  Repertoire will include classic Christmas carols and selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.  This class is... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Poets of the PianoPoets of the Piano is a lecture-recital celebrating the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument. The music on this program explores the evolving art of piano music, as composers tried to express more moods,... (Mondays)Nov 26, 2018 2:30PM - 4:30PM $20.00 Available
Pre-Code FilmsTravel back in time to the period between 1927 and 1934, the dawn of talking films and before the Hayes Code (censorship) was enforced in 1934.  Learn how censorship laws changed Hollywood. This course will be an overview of three... (Mondays)Nov 12, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 1:30PM - 4:00PM $50.00 Available
Richard Wagner (1813-1883): His LegacyMore than 200 years since his birth, Richard Wilhelm Wagner still attracts passionate advocates as well as vehement opponents. His virulent anti-Semitism and his outlandish narcissism often blind listeners to the power of his... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Available
Sondheim 101At the age of 88, musical theater composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim continues to compose new scores. In a career spanning 60 years, Sondheim has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Richard Rodgers,... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
The History of the American Musical TheaterThe course will discuss the journey of the Broadway musical from the 1866 show "The Black Crook" to Sondheim's 1976 musical masterpiece "Sweeney Todd." Special emphasis will be placed on the most influential innovators and their... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Triumph of the Three Amigos: Del Toro, Inarritu, and CuaronThis class pays homage to the new wave of three new Mexican directors: Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro G. Inárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón. We will see two films by Del Toro and Cuarón and one by Inárritu. In addition, the instructor will... (Thursdays)Sep 20, 2018 to Nov 1, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM $60.00 Available
Watch the Skies! A History of Horror Films from Hitler to the Cold WarHorror films often have a misconception of being bloody, violent, and gratuitous, but not so much back in the day. This course explores the ways filmmakers used horror films to express the current social issues that made Americans... (Mondays)Sep 10, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your Enthusiasm StyleLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Sep 18, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
A Musical History from prehistory to Mid 20th CenturyFrom earliest evidence through the ages, this series presents an evolution of music through image and sound with an ear toward how development of instruments, methods of sharing and changing abilities have shaped the way in which we... (Tuesdays)Oct 23, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your Enthusiasm StyleLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your Enthusiasm StyleLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Creative Prose: Writing, Editing and Publishing WorkshopDo you have stories from your life or the history of your family you want to share? Do you use your imagination to create stories? This course will cover all aspects of prose writing from short stories, novels, memoirs, personal... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Wait List
How to Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Writing the Personal EssayIn this class students will learn how to compose a story that evokes an emotion in the reader.  Chicken Soup for the Soul narratives are always inspirational, frequently poignant, often humorous, and sometimes thoughtful. They're... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Poetry Writing and Revision 2.0This workshop invites practicing poets to grow their poetry. Each workshop starts with opening the poetry toolbox. We will explore together different craft elements, and read a dazzling poem to illustrate the element and inspire you... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry Writing: A FunshopThis funshop welcomes everyone who writes or wants to write poetry.  We generate creative writing through personal experience, poetic forms as models, and "stealing" from some of the greats.  We offer to each other casual, yet... (Tuesdays)Sep 11, 2018 to Nov 27, 2018 11:00AM - 1:00PM $90.00 Wait List
Writing and Improv in the Curb Your Enthusiasm StyleLarry David has invented a new improv form with his show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He develops a story outline for each show but no script is written. The show is then improvised by the actors. This class will use that style. We will... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM $90.00 Available
Writing Your Life as Story: A Creative Nonfiction WorkshopEach life contains millions of stories. Maybe it's time to write yours down? With the help of prompts we will reflect, explore, share, learn from each other and create. We will cover such topics as: battling writing perfectionism,... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 9:00AM - 10:30AM $90.00 Wait List
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
A New Perspective of Islam: Hopeful Visions for Our TimeIn the current socio-political environment there is a lack of information and sometimes even disinformation about certain subjects, among them Islam. This course aims at informing the participants about the basic tenets of Islam,... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Hannah Arendt on Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about the century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She emigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught at the New School, and... (Thursdays)Sep 13, 2018 to Nov 29, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Available
Islamic & Jewish Philosophy in Al-AndalusIn the Early Medieval period, as Christian Europe lost interest in pagan philosophers, scholars in the Islamic world started studying them. Baghdad, Bukhara, and Alexandria became new centers of enlightenment. Translations of Greek... (Tuesdays)Sep 25, 2018 to Nov 13, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Wait List
Practical Wisdom: How to Be Your Authentic Self in This Changing WorldWho are we? How do our thoughts affect our world? How do our surroundings and past experiences affect us? What can Mother Nature teach us? Is there an unseen connection between all of us, and if so, how can we use that to make this... (Wednesdays)Sep 12, 2018 to Nov 28, 2018 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Religious History and Heritage of North CarolinaThis is a survey course of the religious history and heritage of various 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 historic presence in the... (Mondays)Sep 17, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018 3:15PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
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What's New in Registration for Fall 2018

  • You may notice that on our registration site there is now an option to Save for Later, designed so that users can add an item to their shopping cart that is available for purchase so they may register at a later time. Please disregard this option and check out as you have in the past. Saving for later will not save a seat in the course and therefore will not help you register more quickly.   
  • In the past, as you were checking out, you were prompted to check your student profile for accuracy before proceeding to buy your course(s).  Now, you will not be prompted to do so unless a critical piece of information is missing from your student profile.  This eliminates one extra screen you need to click through as you purchase your classes.
  • Watch a new video illustrating these changes.

Registration Opening
Registration opens at 9:00 am on August 7, 2018. There are several ways to register.

Online Registration
This video demonstrates how to register online for OLLI classes.

Before registration day, make sure your web browser has been updated to a recent version. (Internet Explorer 11 or later, Firefox 27 and later, Safari 7 and later, Chrome 30 and later). 

Not sure which version of browser you have?

You can check the version of your browser using these instructions:

Our website offers different ways to search courses:

  1. Advanced Course Search.  The most direct way to find your course is to go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on the link for “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 class, click on the Add to Cart button, and follow steps to checkout. (If you are on a different page, the “Search Courses” link may not be visible, but there is always an “Advanced Course Search” link at the bottom of the page that you can use in the same way.)
  2. By Day of the Week or by Category.  Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on Osher Lifelong Learning, click the down-triangle labelled “Show” under “Courses, and click on the tab to “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.
  3. Search Box. You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box which appears on every page at the top right under the shopping cart symbol.  This will search the entire site and may also retrieve results from the .pdf version of the course catalog. Click on the appropriate link for the course, click on Add to Cart, and follow steps to checkout. Please note: since this is a Google search box refreshed by Google, it may not have the most up-to-date information.

Registration Event: If you would like help registering online, we will be having a registration event at JRC on Tuesday, August 7 at 9:00am. We will have trained OLLI mentors with computers to assist you. You must have your registration User Name and Password to register. If you have forgotten these, you must be able to access your home e-mail from the computers we will have onsite.

Phone Registrations: If you would like to register by phone, you may call the registration office (919-684-6259) any time after 9:00am on Tuesday, August 7.  Please do not ask to register for classes prior to this date. Members will be registered in the order calls are received. If your call goes to voicemail because of heavy call volume, leave a message; a registration member will contact you as soon as possible in the order calls are received. Please do not leave multiple messages, since these only slow down the registration team.

Paper Registrations: You still have the option of registering using the form in the catalog. Please deliver or send your form and personal check to the Bishop’s House no sooner than 8:00 am Monday, August 6, and they will be processed on Registration Day in the order received. Please note: Because of security precautions, persons using the paper form must pay by check. If you prefer to use a credit card, you will need to register online or by phone.

REFUND POLICY
Requests for refunds for dropped courses must be received by the end of the first week of class (September, 2018). 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.

We want our classes to be available to all who wish to participate in them. Please contact the OLLI office at 919-681-3476 to discuss financial aid. All requests are confidential.

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Activities & Calendar

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

OLLI/Duke Student Summer Reading Discussion 
OLLI Members & First Year Duke Students
DATE:  Thursday, August 23, 5 to 8pm 
LOCATION: Discussions with First Year Students will take place on East Campus from 5 to 6pm. Those who register will be assigned a group and a location. At 6:15 pm, all students and OLLI registrants will be bused to DPAC/Durham Performing Arts Center for the Author Event, which will begin at 7pm. (OLLI members can drive or take the buses with the students)
Directions and details re: meeting place will be mailed to you in advance. 
COST:  There is no cost to participate. Space is limited to 115 OLLI members. You must be a current OLLI member. 
Click here to register

Book Group

This informal group reading contemporary literature meets on the second Monday of every month at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House. The books to be discussed are to be determined. Coordinator: Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com or 919-416-0755. 

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. We will meet every Monday at 3:15pm in The Bishop’s House. For more information, 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@dm.duke.edu for more information.

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

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

Meet and Greet
New to OLLI at Duke? You are invited to join us for a morning Meet & Greet program hosted by our Membership Committee, Saturday, September 8, 10:30 am, at the Bishop's House. See page 3 in the Fall 2018 catalog for details.

Mystery Book Club
Whether you have a clue or not, this book club may be for you. We meet monthly on the second Tuesday at The Bishop House, 3:15–4:45pm, to discuss mystery books our members have designated worthy and interesting to share with the group. We have read and discussed books by the authors Ann Cleeve, Arnaldur Indrioason, Ruth Rendell, and Ausam Zehant, to name just a few. We are an adventurist group looking for new and exciting authors. Coordinator: Madeline “Maddy” Kalstein, madkalstein@gmail.com.

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

Retirement Transition Group
This informal drop-in group for all OLLI members who are going through transitions in retirement and perhaps experiencing some challenges with that. The group meetings will provide an opportunity to share concerns, offer ideas that have worked, share resources we are aware of, connect with other OLLI members who are going through the same experiences and get ideas we can try on our own. The group will meet the 2nd Friday of each month. Information about the group will also be in the Spotlight and on the OLLI calendar on the member website. People can drop in at any of the meetings. There is no charge. Contact the coordinator, Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.com or 919-537-8450 to learn more and to be put on a mailing list for this group. 

Calendar

Semester Calendar for Current Members
 
When
Event
More Info
Fall 2018
Tuesday, August 7 Registration for Fall courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, September 10 Most OLLI Fall classes begin (no class at JRC-Rosh Hashanah  
Tuesday, September 18 No classes at JRC after 4 pm - Yom Kippur  
Wednesday, September 19 No classes at JRC - Yom Kippur  
Sunday, September 24 40th Anniversary Convocation  
Monday-Friday, October 22-26 OLLI Fall Break - no classes  
Monday-Friday, November 19-23 Thanksgiving Break - no classes  
Friday, December 1 Last day for most OLLI Fall classes  
Winter 2019
Tuesday, December 4 Registration for Winter courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, January 7 OLLI Winter Classes begin  
Monday, January 21 MLK Day; no classes  
Monday-Friday, February 18-22 OLLI Winter Break - no classes  
Monday, March 25 Last day for most OLLI Winter classes  
Spring 2019
Thursday, March 28 Registration for Spring courses begins at 9:00 am  
Monday, April 15 OLLI Spring classes begin  
Friday, May 24 Last day for most OLLI Spring classes  

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

 

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Members & Leadership

Who Belongs to OLLI at Duke?

All adults with a passion for learning are welcome. Our membership has included high school drop-outs and college presidents, native North Carolinians and newcomers, professionals and homemakers. Uniting such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests is the common goal of 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 each member. Believing that learning is dependent on active involvement, members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, serve on the Board of Advisors and committees, act as class assistants, help with record-keeping and administration, make coffee, and volunteer for many other tasks, both large and small.

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

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

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

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

Leadership

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

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

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

2017-2018 Officers

(one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

President: Margaret Riley
Vice President: Alex Vaux
Past President: Ginny Knight

At-Large Advisors

(three-year term)

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

Committee Chairs

(one-year term, appointed by President)

Board Development: Open
Communications: Open
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Mike Bahnaman
Membership: Rosemary Dineen
IT: Howard Koslow
Recording Secretary: Mike Bahnaman
Space: Eugene Brown
Volunteer Relations: Richard Melanson

Staff

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

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Staying in Touch

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

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

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

Spotlight

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

Member Website

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to my class?

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

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

Where do I park for my OLLI classes?

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

The Bishop’s House: There are a limited number of parking spaces around The Bishop’s House, including three handicapped spaces. The OLLI parking permit must be kept on your dashboard when you park at The Bishop’s House, or you may receive a $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 classes are changing, please wait in line at the bottom of the small hill leading to The Bishop’s House lot. This allows people to leave, opening up spaces for the next class. Do not drive around those who are patiently waiting in line. Do not block other cars. Try to park carefully so that we can accommodate as many cars as possible. Finally, be careful backing into and out of spaces. The surface in this parking lot is uneven, and we want to avoid accidents.

To use the handicapped spots, you need an official North Carolina handicapped parking tag. Campus parking restrictions are strongly 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. Members who are signed up for the courses in the Computer Lab will recieve a parking pass from their instructors that contain a bar code that is read by the scanner at each parking gate.

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?

OLLI at Duke classes will be cancelled when the Durham Public Schools are closed for reasons of weather.  If the situation is ambiguous, or if the schools are delayed, there will be a message on the office phone (919-684-2703) by 8 a.m. on the morning in question.  Listen for details about the Durham schools on WTVD (Channel 11), WDNC (620 AM) or WCHL (1360 AM).  You can also check out the WRAL TV website.

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. Refunds must be requested by the end of the first week of classes.  There will be a $20 processing fee per transaction per course drop per member. Memberships are not refundable. 

How long does my membership last? 

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

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Directions

Maps


From I-85 Northbound

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

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

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


From I-85 Southbound

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

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

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


From Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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


From Chapel Hill

Take 15/501 Bypass to Durham.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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