Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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

We are a learning community of nearly 1600 members. Since moving to an online platform in 2020, OLLI members and Duke Alumni are tuning in from all over the globe.

This Spring, OLLI at Duke will be offering in-person courses. Please review these guidelines before registering. The guidelines will be updated regularly. 

Curriculum

OLLI offers approximately 160 courses annually. Our courses conform to an arts and sciences curriculum and are planned by a thirty-member curriculum committee, on the basis of member requests, the expertise of instructors, variety, and balance. 

Areas of interest include:

  • Art and Architecture
  •  Public Policy
  • Health and Wellness
  • History
  • Literature and Writing
  • Sciences and Technology
  • Writing, Photography, and Hands-on Art

OLLI instructors are a mix of peer teachers, professors from Duke and nearby universities, graduate and postdoctoral students, independent scholars, and community experts. If you have a topic for a class or know of someone who would make a great OLLI teacher, please contact the curriculum committee at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

OLLI classes are all about the love of learning. There are no tests or grades. Participation is essential, ranging from keeping up with assigned readings, contributing to class discussion, and sharing the results of one’s own research. Classes typically meet once per week for 75 minutes; class times are 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Fall and winter terms are10 weeks; spring term is 6 weeks. Please check the detailed course descriptions for exceptions.

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Courses

Monday
Course Time Tuition Status
America's Navy: History & CultureONLINE: This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the United States Navy — America's Navy. We will review the history and missions of the U.S. Navy from its inception to modern times. The course will showcase America'... Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
How Does the U.S. Rank Globally?ONLINE: Is the U.S. always one of the "top" countries in the world? Let's review the U.S. position in the global "top 10" rankings in eight major categories and 25 subtopics for 2022: the economy (GDP, wages, taxes, etc.), the... May 2, 2022 to May 16, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Midcentury Modern — What Is It?ONLINE: Midcentury modern design has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity and now seems to be everywhere. The design — as represented in the furniture and decor of Eames, Saarinen, Bertoia and many others — is often seen in today... May 2, 2022 to May 23, 2022 7:00PM - 8:15PM $50.00 Available
Poetic Structures: The Poet at WorkONLINE: From Petrarch through Shakespeare up to Ellen Bass, poets have written to established structures. On what structure do poets choose to hang their words? Is one structure more effective than another? In this course we will... Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... May 2, 2022 to May 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Jul 11, 2022 to Jul 12, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Sep 12, 2022 to Sep 13, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Short-Form Memoir: Stories From the HeartONLINE: “Write what should not be forgotten.” —Isabel Allende Write about the people, places and times from your life. Write for yourself, for your friends and family, or for eventual publication. Together, online, we will explore... Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 3:30PM - 5:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Yoga Nidra: Systematic RelaxationONLINE: Yoga nidra is a systematic approach to relaxation. Research has shown that yoga nidra can get people into the same brain wave pattern as deep sleep while they remain aware. Students in the instructor's classes often remark... Apr 25, 2022 to May 16, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
Chinese Brush PaintingIN PERSON: Students will learn to paint lovely animals, such as a panda, squirrel, dog, cat or favorite pet, along with suitable surroundings, for example, flowers, trees or a simple landscape. Each person will complete a beautiful... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Demystifying Neurology: What's Wrong With My BrainONLINE: This course is a five-lecture survey of common neurological problems that members of the OLLI audience and their families face quite frequently. My intent, as a retired neurologist, is to explain these often frightening and... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
Five Russian Short StoriesONLINE: Why will the class read stories by Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Turgenev? Because of the character studies, the snow and how the 19th- and 20th-century Russian masters give us small moments in a random person's life. The... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
French Jewry: The Long HistoryIN PERSON: How long have there been Jews in France? Short answer: About 2,000 years. Longer answer: Take this course to learn! You will also learn about their tremendous contributions to French life. While the history of the Jews in... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Intro to IPhone PhotographyONLINE: The 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. This... Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Learn To Knit a Summery TeeIN PERSON: Spring is a great time to learn and expand knitting skills! In this course, you will use cotton or linen yarn to make a wonderfully versatile T-shirt suitable for warm weather. Sweater sizing and construction will be... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $80.00 Available
Literature of War in Vietnam: A Literary ExaminationONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? This course will explore answers to this question by discussing two classic literary portraits: "The Quiet American," by British author and... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Making Videos: Storytelling With a SmartphoneONLINE: We all have stories to tell. A lot of us grew up on home movies made using an 8 mm camera that told our stories; now we can make movies for “home” and to share more widely using our smartphones. This could be an unrehearsed... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Microsoft Windows: The Basics and BeyondIN PERSON: This course is for Windows 10 or Windows 11 users who want to learn about navigating and using Windows. In the first class, you learn the basic operations to navigate successfully within Windows and discover how a Windows... May 3, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Modern Bridge Bidding IIONLINE: Would you like to improve your competitive bidding? Join us for this course, which is a continuation of Modern Bridge Bidding I. In this course, participants will learn modern competitive tools such as the negative, support... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Available
Poetry: Writing the Wild MindIN PERSON: Writing poetry can be fun! After reading model poems, students will be invited to write their own poems based on the model, and share their poems in class. Plan on fascinating discussions! You will also receive the... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Predicting the FutureONLINE: In this lecture-based course, we will look at how predicting has been done from the earliest times to the present day and the ways it infuses society today. We will examine how advances in science and technology have led to... Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... May 2, 2022 to May 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Jul 11, 2022 to Jul 12, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Sep 12, 2022 to Sep 13, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsONLINE: Symposia returns for another online course to provide deep dives into a thoughtfully curated array of topics. Our goal is to provide you with valuable new insights into important aspects of contemporary life that may not... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The 1619 Project: A Discussion GroupONLINE: Two years ago, The New York Times published The 1619 Project, a series of essays curated by Nikole Hannah-Jones that claims the full origin story of the United States begins in 1619 with the arrival of the White Lion and the... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Wait List
The Amazing Nansen FamilyONLINE: This course will have three lectures: 1) Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of modern polar explorers. At age 31, he led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer to success than any before it. The instructor... Apr 26, 2022 to May 10, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Available
The Evangelical South: Eccentric, Exceptional and How It Got That WayIN PERSON: A few years ago, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, makes the South an exceptional section of the U.S. Indeed, this "Bible Belt" — site of the Scopes evolution trial, home base for... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
The Francophone WorldONLINE: We will examine Francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists, visual representations (films, documentaries, photographs), artifacts and related activities. The course constitutes an introduction to... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
The Pandemic in a Global EconomyIN PERSON: This course will evaluate the major crises in international trade that are affecting us and our economy today. Globalization greatly increased the level of international trade, the complexity of supply chains and global... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
The Zentangle Art MethodONLINE: In this course, students will learn how to draw using the Zentangle® art method. The first class will be Intro to Zentangle, where we will cover the history and philosophy of Zentangle. During the course, students will learn... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Available
What Makes "Literature": Canonized Writers From Shakespeare to SterneONLINE: This discussion-format course will consider questions of style and content as we think about the category of "literature." We will read books famous for their "literary" qualities: the poetry of William Shakespeare and his... Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
"Titanic Sinks, 1,500 Die": The Ship, the Disaster, the Culture and Mass Media HistoryONLINE: This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values and social mores. You will be... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
American Jewish Poetry: AscendancyIN PERSON: The early 20th century marked the golden age of American Jewish poetry. Eastern and midwestern cities saw the rise of Jewish intellectual and artistic culture. Art styles as diverse as Max Weber’s abstract expressionism... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Canceled
Art of Early India: Stupas, Temples and GodsIN PERSON: This course is an introduction to the religious arts of India and the diversity of traditions arising in the early periods. Students will gain a basic understanding of Buddhist and Hindu thought as reflected in the art... May 4, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Dyeing and Cyanotype at the FarmIN PERSON: The Duke Campus Farm is the perfect setting for two days of dyeing and creating photographic images of plants using ultraviolet rays from the sun and the alternative photographic process cyanotype. Spend two fun days... May 18, 2022 to May 19, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Emotional Intelligence: Getting To Know Yourself and OthersONLINE: How well do you know yourself? Are you aware of your full range of emotions? In today's world, we spend most of our time focused outward, trying to understand the world around us. But what about the world within us? How can... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Frederick the Great: King of PrussiaIN PERSON: Frederick the Great succeeded to the Prussian throne in May 1740 and reigned until his death on August 17, 1786. Six months after his succession to the throne, he invaded Austrian territory and ignited the spark that... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Getting the Most From Your MacIN PERSON: Ever get the feeling you could be doing a lot more with your Mac? Apple has created an amazing product with a ton of useful features, but most people barely scratch the surface. This course will help you get the most out... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Guide to Local JazzIN PERSON: The objective of Guide to Local Jazz is for participants to be able to find local jazz performers and venues of interest once the course is done. As an overview of the local jazz scene, the instructor will first connect... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
James Webb Space Telescope: Cosmic RevolutionONLINE: What is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and why was it created? How will it revolutionize our view of the cosmos? How was one picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) instrumental in the creation and design... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Marvelous MezzosONLINE: Why do tenors and sopranos get all the love? It's time to recognize those marvelous mezzos without whom we wouldn't have "Carmen" or "The Barber of Seville," not to mention Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro"! Sit back and... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Quantum Physics: A Historical PerspectiveONLINE: Modern life depends on quantum physics. This course examines the seemingly bizarre ideas underlying everyday items like cellphones, TVs and automobiles that defy common sense. We look at scientists' efforts over the last... Apr 27, 2022 to May 18, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Self-Edit Like a Pro: Creative NonfictionONLINE: Together, we will explore reliable self-editing techniques used to polish short forms of writing like personal essays, vignettes and narrative poems. These techniques may also be applied to longer works. Students will... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
The World TodayONLINE: This course is for all those interested in following and discussing current events. Each week we will discuss news and issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide a brief one- or two-item agenda... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Designing CatsONLINE: This course, Watercolor Painting: Designing Cats, will teach you how to combine transparent watercolor techniques with ink. A drawing will be sent to you in advance so you can transfer it to your watercolor paper. In class,... Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 9:00AM - 11:00AM $80.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
About the Latin Language: What Makes It a Classic?IN PERSON: 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. How has Latin stood... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
All About ComedyONLINE: E.B. White: “Comedy can be dissected like a frog, but they both die in the process.” Great writer, but he’s wrong. This multimedia course dares to analyze an art form that seems to resist it. Using copious clips from movies... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Available
American Short Fiction 1900-2000ONLINE: The relationship between literature and the time when it was written provides fertile ground for complex questions. To what extent does a piece of literature reflect its historical context? To what extent does literature... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Bernstein on Broadway 101ONLINE: Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most famous figure in American classical music in the 20th century — a noted conductor, composer and educator. After the success of his score for Jerome Robbins' 1942 ballet "Fancy Free,"... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Beyond Cable: Making Smart Streaming ChoicesONLINE: Whether you still subscribe to cable TV or not, when it comes to the ever-expanding selection of streaming video content, deciding what to watch and how to watch it can be daunting. This updated course guides students... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Chess Refresh 2022IN PERSON: Exercise your brain using strategy, analysis and creative thinking while enjoying the "royal game" of chess. The competitive elements of the game will be suppressed in this course in favor of cooperation and exploring... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Create Mosaic Garden ArtONLINE: Create wonderful outdoor garden art through the exploration of the art of mosaics during this five-week course. This hands-on course will begin with a brief history of mosaic art. It will explore ancient through modern... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Canceled
Dyeing and Cyanotype at the FarmIN PERSON: The Duke Campus Farm is the perfect setting for two days of dyeing and creating photographic images of plants using ultraviolet rays from the sun and the alternative photographic process cyanotype. Spend two fun days... May 18, 2022 to May 19, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Five Big Ideas in BiologyONLINE: The past 50 years have seen a total transformation in the way we think about living organisms and the things we can do with them. This lecture course will focus on five areas — cell biology, genetics, comparative physiology... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Great Films From Down Under: Focus on Australian IdentityIN PERSON: This interactive course explores four award-winning Australian films in terms of national identity: 1) "Rabbit-Proof Fence," a story of Australian’s "Stolen Generations," directed by Phillip Noyce (2002); 2. "Muriel’s... Apr 28, 2022 to May 19, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Intro to LGBTQ+ Identities: Real People, Real LearningONLINE: Are you struggling to keep up with evolving terminology around LGBTQ+ identities or curious to learn more about current research and understanding? In this course, participants will be introduced to the broad spectrum of... Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided Culture brings participants together in a moderated format to discuss community questions that belong to all of us. We will work through five categories of... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Photography Inspired by WritingIN PERSON: Presented in a workshop format, this course offers students a chance to explore the interplay between images and words as they respond to writing prompts by taking photographs. If you are looking for excitement and new... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Qigong: Finding Peace in "Interesting" TimesONLINE: Qigong (chee-goong, energy training) refers to exercises designed to enhance personal vitality for healing, wellness, resilience, emotional balance and spiritual progress. During this short course, students will focus on... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Jun 2, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Aug 4, 2022 to Aug 5, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Radioactive: Human Health, History and Use of RadionuclidesTHIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. ONLINE: Although radioactivity was only discovered in the late 19th century, it has had a rapid impact on our world. We will start with a brief introduction to the science and history of radioactivity... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
The Price of Prejudice: Julian Abele and the Design of Duke UniversityIN PERSON: After decades, it is now commonly accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of Duke University. In his lifetime, all his commissions were credited to the owner of the Philadelphia... Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Canceled
What Is Populism?ONLINE: Viktor Orban, Recep Erdogan, Nicolas Maduro, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Jair Bolsonaro, among others, all claim to be or are called "populists." But what exactly is populism? Are all politicians who criticize big... Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
Friday
Course Time Tuition Status
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Jun 2, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... Aug 4, 2022 to Aug 5, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available

In-Person Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
Art of Early India: Stupas, Temples and GodsIN PERSON: This course is an introduction to the religious arts of India and the diversity of traditions arising in the early periods. Students will gain a basic understanding of Buddhist and Hindu thought as reflected in the art... (Wednesdays) May 4, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Photography Inspired by WritingIN PERSON: Presented in a workshop format, this course offers students a chance to explore the interplay between images and words as they respond to writing prompts by taking photographs. If you are looking for excitement and new... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Pandemic in a Global EconomyIN PERSON: This course will evaluate the major crises in international trade that are affecting us and our economy today. Globalization greatly increased the level of international trade, the complexity of supply chains and global... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Chinese Brush PaintingIN PERSON: Students will learn to paint lovely animals, such as a panda, squirrel, dog, cat or favorite pet, along with suitable surroundings, for example, flowers, trees or a simple landscape. Each person will complete a beautiful... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Dyeing and Cyanotype at the FarmIN PERSON: The Duke Campus Farm is the perfect setting for two days of dyeing and creating photographic images of plants using ultraviolet rays from the sun and the alternative photographic process cyanotype. Spend two fun days... (Wednesdays) , (Thursdays) May 18, 2022 to May 19, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Learn To Knit a Summery TeeIN PERSON: Spring is a great time to learn and expand knitting skills! In this course, you will use cotton or linen yarn to make a wonderfully versatile T-shirt suitable for warm weather. Sweater sizing and construction will be... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $80.00 Available
Frederick the Great: King of PrussiaIN PERSON: Frederick the Great succeeded to the Prussian throne in May 1740 and reigned until his death on August 17, 1786. Six months after his succession to the throne, he invaded Austrian territory and ignited the spark that... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
French Jewry: The Long HistoryIN PERSON: How long have there been Jews in France? Short answer: About 2,000 years. Longer answer: Take this course to learn! You will also learn about their tremendous contributions to French life. While the history of the Jews in... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Price of Prejudice: Julian Abele and the Design of Duke UniversityIN PERSON: After decades, it is now commonly accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of Duke University. In his lifetime, all his commissions were credited to the owner of the Philadelphia... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Canceled
About the Latin Language: What Makes It a Classic?IN PERSON: 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. How has Latin stood... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
American Jewish Poetry: AscendancyIN PERSON: The early 20th century marked the golden age of American Jewish poetry. Eastern and midwestern cities saw the rise of Jewish intellectual and artistic culture. Art styles as diverse as Max Weber’s abstract expressionism... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Canceled
Great Films From Down Under: Focus on Australian IdentityIN PERSON: This interactive course explores four award-winning Australian films in terms of national identity: 1) "Rabbit-Proof Fence," a story of Australian’s "Stolen Generations," directed by Phillip Noyce (2002); 2. "Muriel’s... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 19, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Guide to Local JazzIN PERSON: The objective of Guide to Local Jazz is for participants to be able to find local jazz performers and venues of interest once the course is done. As an overview of the local jazz scene, the instructor will first connect... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
The Evangelical South: Eccentric, Exceptional and How It Got That WayIN PERSON: A few years ago, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, makes the South an exceptional section of the U.S. Indeed, this "Bible Belt" — site of the Scopes evolution trial, home base for... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Getting the Most From Your MacIN PERSON: Ever get the feeling you could be doing a lot more with your Mac? Apple has created an amazing product with a ton of useful features, but most people barely scratch the surface. This course will help you get the most out... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
Microsoft Windows: The Basics and BeyondIN PERSON: This course is for Windows 10 or Windows 11 users who want to learn about navigating and using Windows. In the first class, you learn the basic operations to navigate successfully within Windows and discover how a Windows... (Tuesdays) May 3, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Chess Refresh 2022IN PERSON: Exercise your brain using strategy, analysis and creative thinking while enjoying the "royal game" of chess. The competitive elements of the game will be suppressed in this course in favor of cooperation and exploring... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Poetry: Writing the Wild MindIN PERSON: Writing poetry can be fun! After reading model poems, students will be invited to write their own poems based on the model, and share their poems in class. Plan on fascinating discussions! You will also receive the... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available

Online Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
Midcentury Modern — What Is It?ONLINE: Midcentury modern design has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity and now seems to be everywhere. The design — as represented in the furniture and decor of Eames, Saarinen, Bertoia and many others — is often seen in today... (Mondays) May 2, 2022 to May 23, 2022 7:00PM - 8:15PM $50.00 Available
Intro to IPhone PhotographyONLINE: The 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. This... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Making Videos: Storytelling With a SmartphoneONLINE: We all have stories to tell. A lot of us grew up on home movies made using an 8 mm camera that told our stories; now we can make movies for “home” and to share more widely using our smartphones. This could be an unrehearsed... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
How Does the U.S. Rank Globally?ONLINE: Is the U.S. always one of the "top" countries in the world? Let's review the U.S. position in the global "top 10" rankings in eight major categories and 25 subtopics for 2022: the economy (GDP, wages, taxes, etc.), the... (Mondays) May 2, 2022 to May 16, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
The World TodayONLINE: This course is for all those interested in following and discussing current events. Each week we will discuss news and issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide a brief one- or two-item agenda... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Create Mosaic Garden ArtONLINE: Create wonderful outdoor garden art through the exploration of the art of mosaics during this five-week course. This hands-on course will begin with a brief history of mosaic art. It will explore ancient through modern... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Canceled
The Zentangle Art MethodONLINE: In this course, students will learn how to draw using the Zentangle® art method. The first class will be Intro to Zentangle, where we will cover the history and philosophy of Zentangle. During the course, students will learn... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Designing CatsONLINE: This course, Watercolor Painting: Designing Cats, will teach you how to combine transparent watercolor techniques with ink. A drawing will be sent to you in advance so you can transfer it to your watercolor paper. In class,... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 9:00AM - 11:00AM $80.00 Available
"Titanic Sinks, 1,500 Die": The Ship, the Disaster, the Culture and Mass Media HistoryONLINE: This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values and social mores. You will be... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
America's Navy: History & CultureONLINE: This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the United States Navy — America's Navy. We will review the history and missions of the U.S. Navy from its inception to modern times. The course will showcase America'... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
The Amazing Nansen FamilyONLINE: This course will have three lectures: 1) Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of modern polar explorers. At age 31, he led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer to success than any before it. The instructor... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 10, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Available
What Is Populism?ONLINE: Viktor Orban, Recep Erdogan, Nicolas Maduro, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Jair Bolsonaro, among others, all claim to be or are called "populists." But what exactly is populism? Are all politicians who criticize big... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
American Short Fiction 1900-2000ONLINE: The relationship between literature and the time when it was written provides fertile ground for complex questions. To what extent does a piece of literature reflect its historical context? To what extent does literature... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Five Russian Short StoriesONLINE: Why will the class read stories by Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Turgenev? Because of the character studies, the snow and how the 19th- and 20th-century Russian masters give us small moments in a random person's life. The... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Literature of War in Vietnam: A Literary ExaminationONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? This course will explore answers to this question by discussing two classic literary portraits: "The Quiet American," by British author and... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Poetic Structures: The Poet at WorkONLINE: From Petrarch through Shakespeare up to Ellen Bass, poets have written to established structures. On what structure do poets choose to hang their words? Is one structure more effective than another? In this course we will... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
The Francophone WorldONLINE: We will examine Francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists, visual representations (films, documentaries, photographs), artifacts and related activities. The course constitutes an introduction to... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
What Makes "Literature": Canonized Writers From Shakespeare to SterneONLINE: This discussion-format course will consider questions of style and content as we think about the category of "literature." We will read books famous for their "literary" qualities: the poetry of William Shakespeare and his... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
All About ComedyONLINE: E.B. White: “Comedy can be dissected like a frog, but they both die in the process.” Great writer, but he’s wrong. This multimedia course dares to analyze an art form that seems to resist it. Using copious clips from movies... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Available
Bernstein on Broadway 101ONLINE: Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most famous figure in American classical music in the 20th century — a noted conductor, composer and educator. After the success of his score for Jerome Robbins' 1942 ballet "Fancy Free,"... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Marvelous MezzosONLINE: Why do tenors and sopranos get all the love? It's time to recognize those marvelous mezzos without whom we wouldn't have "Carmen" or "The Barber of Seville," not to mention Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro"! Sit back and... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Beyond Cable: Making Smart Streaming ChoicesONLINE: Whether you still subscribe to cable TV or not, when it comes to the ever-expanding selection of streaming video content, deciding what to watch and how to watch it can be daunting. This updated course guides students... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Demystifying Neurology: What's Wrong With My BrainONLINE: This course is a five-lecture survey of common neurological problems that members of the OLLI audience and their families face quite frequently. My intent, as a retired neurologist, is to explain these often frightening and... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
Five Big Ideas in BiologyONLINE: The past 50 years have seen a total transformation in the way we think about living organisms and the things we can do with them. This lecture course will focus on five areas — cell biology, genetics, comparative physiology... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
James Webb Space Telescope: Cosmic RevolutionONLINE: What is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and why was it created? How will it revolutionize our view of the cosmos? How was one picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) instrumental in the creation and design... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Predicting the FutureONLINE: In this lecture-based course, we will look at how predicting has been done from the earliest times to the present day and the ways it infuses society today. We will examine how advances in science and technology have led to... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Quantum Physics: A Historical PerspectiveONLINE: Modern life depends on quantum physics. This course examines the seemingly bizarre ideas underlying everyday items like cellphones, TVs and automobiles that defy common sense. We look at scientists' efforts over the last... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 18, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Radioactive: Human Health, History and Use of RadionuclidesTHIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. ONLINE: Although radioactivity was only discovered in the late 19th century, it has had a rapid impact on our world. We will start with a brief introduction to the science and history of radioactivity... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Intro to LGBTQ+ Identities: Real People, Real LearningONLINE: Are you struggling to keep up with evolving terminology around LGBTQ+ identities or curious to learn more about current research and understanding? In this course, participants will be introduced to the broad spectrum of... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided Culture brings participants together in a moderated format to discuss community questions that belong to all of us. We will work through five categories of... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) May 2, 2022 to May 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Thursdays) , (Fridays) Jun 2, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) Jul 11, 2022 to Jul 12, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Thursdays) , (Fridays) Aug 4, 2022 to Aug 5, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) Sep 12, 2022 to Sep 13, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsONLINE: Symposia returns for another online course to provide deep dives into a thoughtfully curated array of topics. Our goal is to provide you with valuable new insights into important aspects of contemporary life that may not... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The 1619 Project: A Discussion GroupONLINE: Two years ago, The New York Times published The 1619 Project, a series of essays curated by Nikole Hannah-Jones that claims the full origin story of the United States begins in 1619 with the arrival of the White Lion and the... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Wait List
Emotional Intelligence: Getting To Know Yourself and OthersONLINE: How well do you know yourself? Are you aware of your full range of emotions? In today's world, we spend most of our time focused outward, trying to understand the world around us. But what about the world within us? How can... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Modern Bridge Bidding IIONLINE: Would you like to improve your competitive bidding? Join us for this course, which is a continuation of Modern Bridge Bidding I. In this course, participants will learn modern competitive tools such as the negative, support... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Available
Qigong: Finding Peace in "Interesting" TimesONLINE: Qigong (chee-goong, energy training) refers to exercises designed to enhance personal vitality for healing, wellness, resilience, emotional balance and spiritual progress. During this short course, students will focus on... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Yoga Nidra: Systematic RelaxationONLINE: Yoga nidra is a systematic approach to relaxation. Research has shown that yoga nidra can get people into the same brain wave pattern as deep sleep while they remain aware. Students in the instructor's classes often remark... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 16, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Self-Edit Like a Pro: Creative NonfictionONLINE: Together, we will explore reliable self-editing techniques used to polish short forms of writing like personal essays, vignettes and narrative poems. These techniques may also be applied to longer works. Students will... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Short-Form Memoir: Stories From the HeartONLINE: “Write what should not be forgotten.” —Isabel Allende Write about the people, places and times from your life. Write for yourself, for your friends and family, or for eventual publication. Together, online, we will explore... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 3:30PM - 5:30PM $80.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Art of Early India: Stupas, Temples and GodsIN PERSON: This course is an introduction to the religious arts of India and the diversity of traditions arising in the early periods. Students will gain a basic understanding of Buddhist and Hindu thought as reflected in the art... (Wednesdays) May 4, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $50.00 Canceled
Midcentury Modern — What Is It?ONLINE: Midcentury modern design has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity and now seems to be everywhere. The design — as represented in the furniture and decor of Eames, Saarinen, Bertoia and many others — is often seen in today... (Mondays) May 2, 2022 to May 23, 2022 7:00PM - 8:15PM $50.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Intro to IPhone PhotographyONLINE: The 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. This... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Wait List
Making Videos: Storytelling With a SmartphoneONLINE: We all have stories to tell. A lot of us grew up on home movies made using an 8 mm camera that told our stories; now we can make movies for “home” and to share more widely using our smartphones. This could be an unrehearsed... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Photography Inspired by WritingIN PERSON: Presented in a workshop format, this course offers students a chance to explore the interplay between images and words as they respond to writing prompts by taking photographs. If you are looking for excitement and new... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Economics & Public Policy
Course Time Tuition Status
How Does the U.S. Rank Globally?ONLINE: Is the U.S. always one of the "top" countries in the world? Let's review the U.S. position in the global "top 10" rankings in eight major categories and 25 subtopics for 2022: the economy (GDP, wages, taxes, etc.), the... (Mondays) May 2, 2022 to May 16, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
The Pandemic in a Global EconomyIN PERSON: This course will evaluate the major crises in international trade that are affecting us and our economy today. Globalization greatly increased the level of international trade, the complexity of supply chains and global... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Canceled
The World TodayONLINE: This course is for all those interested in following and discussing current events. Each week we will discuss news and issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide a brief one- or two-item agenda... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Chinese Brush PaintingIN PERSON: Students will learn to paint lovely animals, such as a panda, squirrel, dog, cat or favorite pet, along with suitable surroundings, for example, flowers, trees or a simple landscape. Each person will complete a beautiful... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Create Mosaic Garden ArtONLINE: Create wonderful outdoor garden art through the exploration of the art of mosaics during this five-week course. This hands-on course will begin with a brief history of mosaic art. It will explore ancient through modern... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $80.00 Canceled
Dyeing and Cyanotype at the FarmIN PERSON: The Duke Campus Farm is the perfect setting for two days of dyeing and creating photographic images of plants using ultraviolet rays from the sun and the alternative photographic process cyanotype. Spend two fun days... (Wednesdays) , (Thursdays) May 18, 2022 to May 19, 2022 10:00AM - 12:00PM $60.00 Available
Learn To Knit a Summery TeeIN PERSON: Spring is a great time to learn and expand knitting skills! In this course, you will use cotton or linen yarn to make a wonderfully versatile T-shirt suitable for warm weather. Sweater sizing and construction will be... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $80.00 Available
The Zentangle Art MethodONLINE: In this course, students will learn how to draw using the Zentangle® art method. The first class will be Intro to Zentangle, where we will cover the history and philosophy of Zentangle. During the course, students will learn... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $80.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: Designing CatsONLINE: This course, Watercolor Painting: Designing Cats, will teach you how to combine transparent watercolor techniques with ink. A drawing will be sent to you in advance so you can transfer it to your watercolor paper. In class,... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 9:00AM - 11:00AM $80.00 Available
History: Past & Present
Course Time Tuition Status
"Titanic Sinks, 1,500 Die": The Ship, the Disaster, the Culture and Mass Media HistoryONLINE: This course is a historical examination of mass communication and the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Students will gain insights into the role of mass media in communicating news, cultural values and social mores. You will be... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
19th-Century France: From the Congress of Vienna to the Beginning of World War I, 1815-1914ONLINE: This set of lectures examines the history of France from the end of the Napoleonic wars to 1914, with special emphasis on the fraught politics and cultural effervescence that so defined 19th-century France. Topics will... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
America's Navy: History & CultureONLINE: This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the United States Navy — America's Navy. We will review the history and missions of the U.S. Navy from its inception to modern times. The course will showcase America'... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Frederick the Great: King of PrussiaIN PERSON: Frederick the Great succeeded to the Prussian throne in May 1740 and reigned until his death on August 17, 1786. Six months after his succession to the throne, he invaded Austrian territory and ignited the spark that... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
French Jewry: The Long HistoryIN PERSON: How long have there been Jews in France? Short answer: About 2,000 years. Longer answer: Take this course to learn! You will also learn about their tremendous contributions to French life. While the history of the Jews in... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $60.00 Available
The Amazing Nansen FamilyONLINE: This course will have three lectures: 1) Fridtjof Nansen is considered the godfather of modern polar explorers. At age 31, he led an expedition to the North Pole that came closer to success than any before it. The instructor... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 10, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $40.00 Available
The Price of Prejudice: Julian Abele and the Design of Duke UniversityIN PERSON: After decades, it is now commonly accepted that Julian Abele (1881-1950), an African American, was the chief designer of Duke University. In his lifetime, all his commissions were credited to the owner of the Philadelphia... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $40.00 Canceled
What Is Populism?ONLINE: Viktor Orban, Recep Erdogan, Nicolas Maduro, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Jair Bolsonaro, among others, all claim to be or are called "populists." But what exactly is populism? Are all politicians who criticize big... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
Literature and Languages
Course Time Tuition Status
About the Latin Language: What Makes It a Classic?IN PERSON: 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. How has Latin stood... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Canceled
American Jewish Poetry: AscendancyIN PERSON: The early 20th century marked the golden age of American Jewish poetry. Eastern and midwestern cities saw the rise of Jewish intellectual and artistic culture. Art styles as diverse as Max Weber’s abstract expressionism... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Canceled
American Short Fiction 1900-2000ONLINE: The relationship between literature and the time when it was written provides fertile ground for complex questions. To what extent does a piece of literature reflect its historical context? To what extent does literature... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Five Russian Short StoriesONLINE: Why will the class read stories by Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Turgenev? Because of the character studies, the snow and how the 19th- and 20th-century Russian masters give us small moments in a random person's life. The... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Literature of War in Vietnam: A Literary ExaminationONLINE: How did the American war in Vietnam look when seen through non-American eyes? This course will explore answers to this question by discussing two classic literary portraits: "The Quiet American," by British author and... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Poetic Structures: The Poet at WorkONLINE: From Petrarch through Shakespeare up to Ellen Bass, poets have written to established structures. On what structure do poets choose to hang their words? Is one structure more effective than another? In this course we will... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
The Francophone WorldONLINE: We will examine Francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists, visual representations (films, documentaries, photographs), artifacts and related activities. The course constitutes an introduction to... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Canceled
What Makes "Literature": Canonized Writers From Shakespeare to SterneONLINE: This discussion-format course will consider questions of style and content as we think about the category of "literature." We will read books famous for their "literary" qualities: the poetry of William Shakespeare and his... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
All About ComedyONLINE: E.B. White: “Comedy can be dissected like a frog, but they both die in the process.” Great writer, but he’s wrong. This multimedia course dares to analyze an art form that seems to resist it. Using copious clips from movies... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $60.00 Available
Bernstein on Broadway 101ONLINE: Leonard Bernstein was arguably the most famous figure in American classical music in the 20th century — a noted conductor, composer and educator. After the success of his score for Jerome Robbins' 1942 ballet "Fancy Free,"... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Great Films From Down Under: Focus on Australian IdentityIN PERSON: This interactive course explores four award-winning Australian films in terms of national identity: 1) "Rabbit-Proof Fence," a story of Australian’s "Stolen Generations," directed by Phillip Noyce (2002); 2. "Muriel’s... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 19, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Guide to Local JazzIN PERSON: The objective of Guide to Local Jazz is for participants to be able to find local jazz performers and venues of interest once the course is done. As an overview of the local jazz scene, the instructor will first connect... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Canceled
Marvelous MezzosONLINE: Why do tenors and sopranos get all the love? It's time to recognize those marvelous mezzos without whom we wouldn't have "Carmen" or "The Barber of Seville," not to mention Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro"! Sit back and... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
Course Time Tuition Status
The Evangelical South: Eccentric, Exceptional and How It Got That WayIN PERSON: A few years ago, The Economist magazine opined that religion, even more than race relations, makes the South an exceptional section of the U.S. Indeed, this "Bible Belt" — site of the Scopes evolution trial, home base for... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $60.00 Wait List
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
Beyond Cable: Making Smart Streaming ChoicesONLINE: Whether you still subscribe to cable TV or not, when it comes to the ever-expanding selection of streaming video content, deciding what to watch and how to watch it can be daunting. This updated course guides students... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
Demystifying Neurology: What's Wrong With My BrainONLINE: This course is a five-lecture survey of common neurological problems that members of the OLLI audience and their families face quite frequently. My intent, as a retired neurologist, is to explain these often frightening and... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Wait List
Five Big Ideas in BiologyONLINE: The past 50 years have seen a total transformation in the way we think about living organisms and the things we can do with them. This lecture course will focus on five areas — cell biology, genetics, comparative physiology... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Getting the Most From Your MacIN PERSON: Ever get the feeling you could be doing a lot more with your Mac? Apple has created an amazing product with a ton of useful features, but most people barely scratch the surface. This course will help you get the most out... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $60.00 Wait List
James Webb Space Telescope: Cosmic RevolutionONLINE: What is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), and why was it created? How will it revolutionize our view of the cosmos? How was one picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) instrumental in the creation and design... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $60.00 Available
Microsoft Windows: The Basics and BeyondIN PERSON: This course is for Windows 10 or Windows 11 users who want to learn about navigating and using Windows. In the first class, you learn the basic operations to navigate successfully within Windows and discover how a Windows... (Tuesdays) May 3, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $50.00 Available
Predicting the FutureONLINE: In this lecture-based course, we will look at how predicting has been done from the earliest times to the present day and the ways it infuses society today. We will examine how advances in science and technology have led to... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Quantum Physics: A Historical PerspectiveONLINE: Modern life depends on quantum physics. This course examines the seemingly bizarre ideas underlying everyday items like cellphones, TVs and automobiles that defy common sense. We look at scientists' efforts over the last... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 18, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $50.00 Available
Radioactive: Human Health, History and Use of RadionuclidesTHIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED. ONLINE: Although radioactivity was only discovered in the late 19th century, it has had a rapid impact on our world. We will start with a brief introduction to the science and history of radioactivity... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Society and Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Intro to LGBTQ+ Identities: Real People, Real LearningONLINE: Are you struggling to keep up with evolving terminology around LGBTQ+ identities or curious to learn more about current research and understanding? In this course, participants will be introduced to the broad spectrum of... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 12, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided CultureONLINE: My Neighbor's Voice: A Model for Deep Listening in Our Divided Culture brings participants together in a moderated format to discuss community questions that belong to all of us. We will work through five categories of... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Canceled
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) May 2, 2022 to May 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Thursdays) , (Fridays) Jun 2, 2022 to Jun 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) Jul 11, 2022 to Jul 12, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Thursdays) , (Fridays) Aug 4, 2022 to Aug 5, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Racial Equity Institute’s Phase I WorkshopIn an effort to offer more in-depth learning opportunities about racial equity, OLLI at Duke is partnering with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham to offer the Racial Equity Institute (REI)’s Phase I Workshop. Thanks to the... (Mondays) , (Tuesdays) Sep 12, 2022 to Sep 13, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsONLINE: Symposia returns for another online course to provide deep dives into a thoughtfully curated array of topics. Our goal is to provide you with valuable new insights into important aspects of contemporary life that may not... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Available
The 1619 Project: A Discussion GroupONLINE: Two years ago, The New York Times published The 1619 Project, a series of essays curated by Nikole Hannah-Jones that claims the full origin story of the United States begins in 1619 with the arrival of the White Lion and the... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Wait List
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Chess Refresh 2022IN PERSON: Exercise your brain using strategy, analysis and creative thinking while enjoying the "royal game" of chess. The competitive elements of the game will be suppressed in this course in favor of cooperation and exploring... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Canceled
Emotional Intelligence: Getting To Know Yourself and OthersONLINE: How well do you know yourself? Are you aware of your full range of emotions? In today's world, we spend most of our time focused outward, trying to understand the world around us. But what about the world within us? How can... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Available
Modern Bridge Bidding IIONLINE: Would you like to improve your competitive bidding? Join us for this course, which is a continuation of Modern Bridge Bidding I. In this course, participants will learn modern competitive tools such as the negative, support... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Available
Qigong: Finding Peace in "Interesting" TimesONLINE: Qigong (chee-goong, energy training) refers to exercises designed to enhance personal vitality for healing, wellness, resilience, emotional balance and spiritual progress. During this short course, students will focus on... (Thursdays) Apr 28, 2022 to May 26, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Yoga Nidra: Systematic RelaxationONLINE: Yoga nidra is a systematic approach to relaxation. Research has shown that yoga nidra can get people into the same brain wave pattern as deep sleep while they remain aware. Students in the instructor's classes often remark... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 16, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $50.00 Available
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Poetry: Writing the Wild MindIN PERSON: Writing poetry can be fun! After reading model poems, students will be invited to write their own poems based on the model, and share their poems in class. Plan on fascinating discussions! You will also receive the... (Tuesdays) Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $80.00 Available
Self-Edit Like a Pro: Creative NonfictionONLINE: Together, we will explore reliable self-editing techniques used to polish short forms of writing like personal essays, vignettes and narrative poems. These techniques may also be applied to longer works. Students will... (Wednesdays) Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $80.00 Available
Short-Form Memoir: Stories From the HeartONLINE: “Write what should not be forgotten.” —Isabel Allende Write about the people, places and times from your life. Write for yourself, for your friends and family, or for eventual publication. Together, online, we will explore... (Mondays) Apr 25, 2022 to May 23, 2022 3:30PM - 5:30PM $80.00 Wait List
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Membership

Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. Annual membership dues are $50 (payable when you first sign up for courses). Memberships are good for the academic year. Benefits of membership include taking classes and participating in social activities both in-person and online. If you do not have a current membership or are new to OLLI, and you purchase a new membership after March 1, 2022, your membership will be valid until June 30, 2023.

Our 2022-2023 membership is available starting March 1, 2022, and is good through June 30, 2023.

Please Note: If you purchased a membership during Spring 2021 registration, your membership is good until June 30, 2022. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

All courses are priced individually and are listed in the course descriptions.

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

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

From this website: Click on this link to add a 2022 - 2023 Membership to your cart

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Registration

Dates

Spring 2022 Term registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Monday, and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – beginning Tuesday, April 12 at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – beginning Wednesday, April 13 at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

Since most Online Learning courses have capacity for more than 100 participants, we do not expect many waitlists. It's not critical to log on exactly at 9 am to register unless you plan to register for courses with limited enrollment. 

In-person courses are smaller than usual in order to comply with social distancing requirements. We expect in person courses to fill fast.

Maximum enrollment limits can be found on the course’s profile page and in the catalog.

Members must register for courses using the Duke Continuing Studies’ website. There are two ways to find your course. 

  • Search Courses Link: If you know the Course Name or Course ID click here to do an Advanced Course Search. This is the most direct way to find your course. Click on the link to the course and “add to Cart”. Then follow the steps to check out.
  • By Day of the Week or by Category: Go to learnmore.duke.edu, click on “Osher Lifelong Learning,” click the down-triangle labeled “Show” under “Courses,” and click on the tab “View by day” or “View by category.” Click on the course title to get to the course page, click on “Add to Cart,” and follow the steps to checkout.

Payments

All courses are priced individually and listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount.

Members who enroll in courses must register for classes/membership and pay online via credit card. OLLI staff are working remotely and are unable to register members by phone or accept paper registration forms.

Refund Policy

Membership dues are nonrefundable.

  • To request a refund for an OLLI course, please email learnmore@duke.edu within five business days of the first class meeting. There is a $20 service charge per course dropped, $10 if the course fee is $50 or less. To avoid the service fee, you can request to transfer to a new class. If the new course costs more, you will be charged for the difference.
  • No refunds will be issued after five business days from the first class meeting, except in a medical emergency.
  • To request a refund due to a medical emergency, please email Kathy.Parrish@duke.edu.
  • If a course is canceled by OLLI at Duke, your course fees will be refunded automatically.

OLLI at Duke reserves the right to cancel a course or event due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment, or circumstances beyond our control; refunds will be made automatically and no charges will be incurred by members. Please note: membership dues, special events, and workshop fees are non-refundable.

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Activities & Special Interest Groups

Activities are an integral part of the OLLI program, providing opportunities to learn and socialize outside the classroom. For questions regarding activities such as Special Events or Workshops, please email olli@duke.edu.

History as the Unvarnished Truth: National Museum of African American History & Culture

OLLI at Duke Spring 2022 Special Event • Friday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. (Virtual)
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) opened its doors in 2016, and in its first year alone, the museum welcomed 3 million visitors and produced nearly 50 public programs. This free seminar, presented by Aaron Bryant, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s foundational vision, and insights on key curatorial philosophies that have made the museum an international success. This includes approaches to researching, collecting and selecting artifacts and to producing public programs that make history relevant to visitors in their everyday lives.

Lecture + Q&A • Online via Zoom; Seminar will be recorded.

Aaron Bryant is a curator at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and co-curator of the Johnson Publishing Company Archives. He is also a Kluge fellow with the Library of Congress and a graduate of Duke. His research has received honors from such institutions as the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, the New York Public Library, the U.S. Congress, the Justice Department and the Royal Anthropological Institute in the U.K. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture: nmaahc.si.edu

This event is open to the wider Duke community. To be added to the mailing list and receive the link for this event please click here.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an added bonus to membership with OLLI at Duke. These groups and clubs provide opportunities to connect outside the classroom. If you want to find out more about any of the listed groups, please contact the designated coordinator for that activity. For general questions about SIGs, please contact Kathy.Parrish@duke.edu.

Many SIGs are currently meeting via Zoom. SIGs that are inactive are listed as on hiatus(*).

Contemporary Literature Group 

This group enjoys reading and discussing the best contemporary literature, both fiction and nonfiction. They will meet via Zoom on the second Monday of each month from 3:00 to 4:15pm. For more details and to be added to our mailing list, please contact Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@gmail.com.

Courageous Conversations

This SIG was started for members who attended Diversity and Inclusion OLLI classes and who wanted to continue the conversation about race. Courageous Conversations SIG has as a prerequisite for joining: having taken one of OLLI's Diversity and Inclusion Courses. An invitation is extended to participants in each D&I class that is offered each term. 

This SIG meets on the second Thursday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30. If you have any questions please email Chris Abrons at cmabrons@gmail.com or olliatduke.courageous@gmail.com

Craft Group

The Craft Group will meet via Zoom on the first and third Monday of each month from 3:00 - 4:15 pm. For details and more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com.

*Criminal and Social Justice Reform

This group is currently on hiatus until further notice. Coordinators are Mark Hall cmarkhall81@gmail.com and Bill Grizack billgrizack@facelessnomore.org.

International Folk Dance:

This group will meet at Croasdaile Village on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00pm. For more information and details please contact Judy Stafford at judy.stafford.nc@gmail.com.

*Mac Computer User Group

This group is currently on hiatus until further notice.Coordinators are Mary Jo Fickle, mjfickle@earthlink.net, or Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net.

Mystery Book Club

This group’s 2022 lineup includes….Pietr the Latvian, A Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam, The Searcher, The Night Manager, Rosewood Casket plus The Bone Track–with our member and author Sara Johnson leading the discussion of her latest Alexa Glock Forensic Mystery. They will meet via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. Do you suspect you’ll be interested? Simply contact Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@gmail.com for more details and information

*OLLI Public Policy Special Interest Group

This group is on hiatus until further notice. Coordinators are Jim Hollowood jhollowood@gmail.com or Larry Reed lgreed3@gmail.com 

OLLI Short Story Discussion Group

A well-written short story can make you feel the same thrill, experience the same attachment to the characters, as reading a full-length novel, but typically takes less than an hour to read, rather than days (or weeks). Come join our lively discussions on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Contact Howard Goldberg, hgoldberg16@gmail.com for more details.

OLLI Singles

The OLLI Singles Group plans engaging, fun, and interesting social activities for its members. Our past activities have included potluck dinners at members' homes, "Ragtime" at Playmakers with dinner afterwards, icebreakers and games via Zoom, virtual art tours, and (our first recent in-person event) lunch at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club. We have some exciting up-coming events planned and also welcome suggestions. The OLLI Singles Group is a great way to get to know one another and to grow new friendships!

Contacts: Robbi Weinman and Mike Rychener
Location: Zoom or in-person
Date/Time: 1st Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and second week of each month (day/time varies)

Robbi's email: rsweinman@att.net; Mike's email: keyrick9@gmail.com

Science Book Club

We read and discuss nonfiction science books on topics including biology, evolution, the physical sciences, medicine, the environment, economics, and biographies of famous scientists. This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 3:15 to 4:45 pm via zoom. Contact Daniel.Oldman@gmail.com for more information.

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Calendar

All OLLI events are in Eastern Time (ET). Please read carefully as all dates are subject to change.

When Event
Winter 2022
Friday, April 1 Winter classes end
Monday - Friday, April 2-6 Make up days for classes
Spring 2022
Tuesday, April 12

Registration for Spring courses begin at 9:00 am, ET

- For classes held on Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, April 13

Registration for Spring courses begin at 9:00 am, ET

- For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Monday, April 25 Spring classes start
Thursday, May 26 Spring classes end
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day, OLLI offices are closed
Tuesday - Thursday, May 31 - June 2 Make up days for classes
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Volunteer Opportunities

Board Service
We welcome both new and longtime members to join the leadership of OLLI at Duke. Serving on the Board of Advisors, either as an elected office or an at-large advisor, or a committee chair, offers you the opportunity to use your talents, and contribute to the success of the OLLI at Duke community.

Help Shape the Curriculum Would you like to teach a course, do you know an outstanding teacher, or do you have a topic you’d like to learn? Let us know! Contact Beth Anderson, chair of the Curriculum Committee, at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

Course Moderators are members who support online courses. The moderator’s primary role is to assist the instructor. Often they monitor the Zoom chat for the instructor or call on people who have virtual hands raised. They also assist in welcoming students and introduce the instructor on the first day of class. Given their important role, moderators do not pay for the course they are moderating. If you think you would enjoy this role, please email Chris Abroms at volunteer@olliatduke.org.

Class Assistants are members who support in-person courses. They make announcements, take attendance, and support instructors. Contact Kathy.parrish@duke.edu to sign up.

We are always looking for people to help with events and committees. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you have ideas for a new activity or improvements to an existing program, please email Chris.McLeod@duke.edu.

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Members & Leadership

Who is OLLI at Duke?

All adults with a passion for learning are welcome. Our members include people from all walks of life, from educators to lawyers, from essential workers to doctors, and from native Durhamites to new arrivals. We believe such a rich and diverse mix of backgrounds and interests makes the classroom discussion even more interesting. In this relaxed and congenial atmosphere, our goal is to deepen our understanding of the world around us through study and discussion, to rekindle former interests and discover new ones with no grades or tests. Our members share a passion for learning and all the benefits of keeping mind and body active and engaged.

OLLI at Duke is a learning community where you can enjoy daytime courses, good conversation, and the companionship of peers. In addition to outstanding instructors, being a member of this community offers you access to a broad range of intellectual and cultural activities.

OLLI at Duke is a cooperative venture and we rely on the contributions and participation, both in class and out, of our members. Our members teach classes, coordinate lecture series, lead small-group discussions, serve on the Board of Advisors, and committees. We invite you to join us.

Founded in 1977, the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement (DILR) was a joint venture of Duke University Continuing Education and the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. In 2006, DILR became OLLI at Duke has since grown from its 42 original members to over 1500, and offers 40 to 60 courses each term.

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, an Operations/Administrative Assistant, a Technical/Communications Assistant, and several part-time staff, who are employees of Duke Continuing Studies.  

The Board of Advisors consist of the President, the Vice President, the Immediate Past President, the chairs of the standing committees, the At-Large Advisors, and the Board’s Recording Secretary (ex-officio).

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 contact a staff member via email at olli@duke.edu.

2021-2022 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

President: Marion Jervay
Vice President: Alan Teasley

At-Large Advisors (two-year term)

Term Ending 2022: Sue Dennison, Chris Abrons
Term Ending 2021: Bobbie Hendrix, Ben Edwards

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

Community Engagement: Diane Hundley
Curriculum: Beth Anderson
Instructor Relations: Howard Koslow
Information Technology: Howard Koslow
Legacy: Lisa Gabriel
Leadership Development: Alan Teasley
Member Engagement: Vacant
Social Activities & Hospitality: Vacant
Space: Peter Blaufeux

Ex-Officio Board members:

Board Recording Secretary: Virginia Lee
Director: Chris McLeod

Staff

Director: Chris McLeod
Operations/Administrative:  Kathy Parrish
Technical/Communication: Betina Huntwork
Staff Representatives: Natasha Arnold, Beth Bowling, Annette Gooch, Damary Gutierrez Hernandez, Jay Starks, Mary Thompson, Beverly Thorpe

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Staying in Touch

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

OLLI at Duke's staff sends out OLLI Newsletter to the membership to inform them of upcoming events, special workshops and course registration details. Please click here to sign up for Newsletters 

Online Learning Website

In response to Covid-19, OLLI at Duke has created a website to host information about Online Learning activities. This site provides Zoom how-to guides, requests for technical assistance, and information on the current Online Learning term. Please visit: https://www.olliatduke.online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Zoom link to my class?

Your course links are located in the Student Portal. Once you have registered for your course, you will be able to log into the Student Portal to see the information about your class. For detailed directions click here.

How do I request a catalog?

A viewable PDF of the OLLI catalog is posted on learnmore.duke.edu and a full listing of current OLLI courses can be found under the Course tab of this website. We are not distributing printed copies of the catalog at this time. For more information, please visit Online Learning programming.

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

Please email Kathy Parrish at kathy.parrish@duke.edu to find out more about dropping, adding, and refunds. Details about refunds can be found under the Registration heading of this website.

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 considered members through June 30 for the entire following academic year. Please see the membership section of this website for more information.

Is my course recorded?

OLLI records selected Zoom courses each term, based on course size, instructors' permission and other factors. Recordings are made available only to students enrolled in that course. If a course is recorded, it is noted in the course description. By registering for the course and remaining in class after the disclosure has been read, you are acknowledging that your participation will be recorded.

Can I register and enroll in a course and only watch the recordings?

Yes, you can. Recorded courses are listed in the catalog. By registering for the course you will receive all emails and communication from the instructor(s). Recordings are available in the learnmore student portal.

Is OLLI at Duke going to continue online courses after the pandemic is over?

Yes! We are working very hard to build an online learning program that is sustainable in the long term. Even when OLLI receives permission to hold in-person classes again, we will continue offering a large selection of online courses.

I live far away from Duke and Durham. Can I take a course?

Yes! Currently, most of OLLI’s courses are online via Zoom. Because so many courses are online, we are able to reach Duke Alumni and others from across the country and internationally. Last year, we had several hundred members attend courses from outside of North Carolina, including Los Angeles, Paris, London, and New Zealand. All course times listed are Eastern Time.

I’m having tech issues. Are there helpful hints?

Please refer to our Online Learning website for more details, helpful hints, and tips for tech troubleshooting, www.olliatduke.online.

I can’t get into my student portal. HELP!

Before you contact the office, please try reestablishing your password or user name. Here are the steps:

  1. Please go to student login: https://learnmore.duke.edu/portal/logon.do?method=load
  2. On the left side of the site click, in the “I have an account” section, enter your user name (e.g., Xnnnnn). If you forgot your user name, click on “Forgot User Name” to recover it.
  3. If you forgot your password, click on “Forgot Password”. This will open a page that prompts you to enter your user name and then click continue.
  4. In a minute, you will get an email directing you to click on a link to a secure site to set your password.
  5. Visit that link and set the password.

Once you are done, you can go back to the student login page above and use the new password just created. Note: if you fail log in 3 times please email olli@duke.edu to have your account unlocked.

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Locations

The majority of our courses are being taught online via Zoom. Links to classes can be found in the Student Portal by logging in at the top right of this website.

In Winter 2022, OLLI will be hosting several in-person courses at our classroom facility at the Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W Cornwallis Rd. Durham, NC, 27705. Please join our Newsletter Mailing list for more information on in-person events.

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