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. Some of our members grew up in Durham, but many have moved here from all over the country. Now that we are online, Duke Alumni are joining from across the world. OLLI members have a wide range of interests and passions and enjoy attending lectures and performances on campus and online

We offer close to 160 online courses annually including art and architecture, public policy, health and wellness, hands on art, history, literature, and the sciences.

 

Curriculum

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.  OLLI instructors are a mix of peer teachers, professors from Duke and nearby universities, graduate and postdoctoral students, independent scholars, and community experts.

OLLI classes 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. Currently, all OLLI classes are held online using Duke University's Zoom account. 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 classes last 10 weeks; spring term 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 the curriculum committee at curriculum@olliatduke.org.

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Courses

Monday
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Baba Ram Dass Seminar: Be Here Now with Loving AwarenessThis course will share the life, wisdom, teachings, and cultural significance of the American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert (1931-2019). Students will learn about skills that this seminal... Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Both Sides Now: Reflections on Women at MidlifeIn the midst of the difficulties and good times of late adulthood, there is an amazing grounding and balancing that takes place, allowing us to find more joy and peace than ever before. In this course, we will reflect on our lives... Oct 11, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Wait List
Community Engagement: Finding Your Path to Meaningful Involvement in DurhamWhat are you seeking from community engagement at this point in your life? The overarching goal for this course is for participants to identify a path for themselves to personally and meaningfully engage with the Durham community.... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Mysteries: Solving the Mystery of MysteriesIn six sessions, students will dive into mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. The course will be led by five published mystery and crime authors, all of whom are members of Triangle Sisters in Crime. The Sisters will reveal clues... Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Exploring the Queer SouthPeople often believe that Queer culture resides only in large coastal cities in the US. The study of the Queer South remains at the very edges of academic scholarship, and the modern Queer South is at best a cautionary tale and at... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 8, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
Fall Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer? Or, does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you create better photographs. The course will... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Legendary Foods of EuropeLegendary Foods of Europe is a new "food-tainment" presentation that celebrates the foods of Italy, France, and the Mediterranean. We'll enjoy the history, culture, and flavors of each country. From the coast of Normandy to the... Nov 1, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Planet EarthThis course will be an introduction, from a largely geologic perspective, to the major components of our planet, to the processes that shape the planet, and to the long history of the planet, with some emphasis on how our present... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
The Backstory of a Poem: Sources of InspirationMost of us were taught poetry by counting lines, identifying metaphors, and searching for symbolism. But that is not what this course will do. Instead, we will explore and discern poems' catalysts. The ancient Greeks counted nine... Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
The Literature of Plague: Fiction and Pandemic from the 18th Century to the PresentCOVID-19 has so thoroughly upended everyday life for people around the world that it is easy to think that this public health crisis is an unprecedented event. However, mass-scale disease and death have been part of the history of... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Wait List
The Supreme Court in AmericaThe Supreme Court has always been among the most revered institutions of American society. It represents legality, integrity, and America stability. Yet in recent times, politics have eroded the reputation of the court, and its... Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Writing a Legacy LetterThis four-session online course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an ethical will) is a written document that allows... Oct 25, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Writing FictionThinking about writing a novel or short story? “Most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one,” the great Flannery O’Connor observed. This course will introduce the tools of fiction writing, including character... Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Yoga Nidra: Systematic RelaxationYoga nidra offers 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 often remark on how relaxed and refreshed they... Oct 18, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Tuesday
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10 Great Opera Arias in 10 WeeksThis course will open up understanding of opera for all, especially newcomers. We will delve into the meaning behind the words and show, using new and old videos, and how the best singers have interpreted 10 great arias. Along the... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Abraham Lincoln & Slavery: We Cannot Escape HistoryNo US president affected American history more than Abraham Lincoln. Slavery and civil war threatened the country during his presidency. Lincoln's views on slavery, race, and a perpetual union warrant examination from the... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Artistry in Glass: Antiquity to the 21st CenturyThe explosion of glass as an art form over the last 30 years has roots that extend back over 3,500 years. After a brief introduction to glass chemistry and structure, this course follows the historical development of both... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
From Low Art to High Art: Genres and Genre Painting in the Early Modern Era"I would rather be the first painter of common things, than second in higher art." Diego Velazquez What motivated major artists of the early modern era to produce paintings of minor subjects? In the Renaissance and Baroque, the... Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
History of the Black PressThis course is an introduction to the origins of the Black press in America, along with its impact as a trusted voice of resistance. From Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurn’s first publication of "Freedom’s Journal" in 1827 and... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Home Alone in the UniverseAre we alone in the universe? Let us explore this question together. We will begin with a survey of stars, galaxies, and the universe, and then discuss great outstanding questions: What are dark matter, dark energy, and black holes... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Inside the Artists Studio: Artists Who Challenge UsInspired by James Lipton’s "Inside the Actors Studio," this course will feature seven outstanding contemporary artists from around the US. This diverse group varies in ethnicity, geographic representation, age, and approach to... Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Intro 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... Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Wait List
Introduction to Travel WritingIntroduction to Travel Writing offers participants an elementary foundation in travel writing for both personal satisfaction and potential publication. This six-week course will explore a variety of travel writing formats from... Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Jasper Johns in 10 Works"Take an object Do something to it Do something else to it [Repeat]" In 1964, Jasper Johns jotted these lean phrases in a sketchbook as a statement of his artistic practice. Behind them, though, lies a complex, dogged... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Modern Bridge Bidding IThis course is designed to help you improve your enjoyment of bridge. It is only suitable for people who have previously played bridge, in college or socially, and is not for new players with no knowledge of bidding or playing. In... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Optics for the Curious: A Survey of the Study, Properties, and Uses of LightThis course begins with a historical survey of humankind’s understanding of light and continues with chapters covering: the nature of light, color, making light, vision, atmospheric phenomena, and light in the cosmos. The course... Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsSymposia returns 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 have caught your attention otherwise... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Teachers in Fiction and Film: An ExaminationThe smug adage “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” fails to acknowledge the profound influence teachers can exert. In this course we will consider how fictional teachers are portrayed and what these depictions say about how... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
The Early Middle Ages: Late Antiquity to the Norman ConquestThis course will look at the history of Western Europe from the Roman Empire’s Crisis of the Third Century through the Norman Conquest of England in the 1000s. Among the topics that will be covered are the decline and fall of the... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Story of London, Part 1: From the Romans to the RestorationWhat comes to mind when you think of London? Buildings, such as the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, or St. Paul’s Cathedral? People, like Chaucer, Queen Elizabeth I, or Milton? The River Thames, flanked by the Globe Theatre,... Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Think AgainThe human brain, a remarkable organ with over 200 billion cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not accuracy or perception of objective reality. It is designed to... Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Wednesday
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A Hitchhiker's Guide to AI: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're GoingOver the last few years, artificial intelligence has become a major player in many spheres—industry, commerce, social media, arts and entertainment, among others—and its influence is certain to become both broader and deeper. Many... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
American Foreign PolicyThe course American Foreign Policy addresses the constitutional and conceptual foundations of American foreign policy in terms of international relations theory and the specific context of “American exceptionalism.” The course... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Art & Women IThis small discussion-based course will investigate European and American art featuring women, from ancient times to the 19th century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends in... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Art Nouveau 1890-1910This three-part lecture series is a preface to the fall 2021 North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary" (October 23, 2021, to January 23, 2022). Art Nouveau, popular between 1890 and 1910, was... Oct 13, 2021 to Oct 27, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Bringing Forward New Medicines: A Behind-the-Scenes LookDrugs! Modern medicine depends on them. There are many prescription medications on the market approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a variety of illnesses, diseases, and symptoms; but not for all. Why is that? Join us to... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Caste: A Discussion GroupPulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s newest book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," analyzes American hierarchy through the lens of a caste system. Comparing power in the United States with historical hierarchies in India... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Computer Security & Privacy: Practical Steps to Stay SafeHow secure is your computer right now? Computers and the Internet have revolutionized our world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. While there are tons of resources on... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Everyone Has a Story: Exploring Memory, Family History, and Jewish PolandIn this experiential workshop, participants will explore their family histories and share their stories as they learn about the rescue of Jewish memory being done by non-Jews today in Poland. Because 90 percent of Polish Jews were... Oct 27, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
Fitness at HomeThe objectives of this course are to improve your balance, agility, aerobic endurance, and muscular strength by participation in a fun workout. Use the fitness equipment you've accumulated over the years or household objects like... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
Icons of Architecture: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsJoin us as we explore eight timeless icons of architecture from the earliest days of recorded history to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? What makes them great? How... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessDo you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing a... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Wait List
It Took a Village: How Greenwich Village Gave Birth to the Music of the 1960sThe 1960s was a time when everything was questioned and many things changed. The music of that time reflected the dramatic changes in popular culture but was also a catalyst for change, and it was born, to a large extent, in New... Oct 6, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Memoirish 2.0: Write Your Life StoriesMemoirish 2.0 is a six-week course offering participants the opportunity to delve deep and be part of a small community of fellow aspiring memoir writers. This course is most appropriate for those who have done some writing and... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $120.00 Wait List
New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsJoin us to hear new views on six timely and vital topics. Higher Education Challenges and the Future. How colleges can thrive in a complex world. David Maxwell. Hollywood's Long Road to Racial Inclusivity. The complex... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Reading Northern Soldiers' Civil War LettersCivil War soldiers’ letters have often been relegated to supporting information on military events. Today, thousands of letters are now accessible through our major universities, public libraries, and historical societies. By... Oct 13, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Short Form Memoir: Stories from the Heart“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, we will explore short forms... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 27, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Available
The Opioid Crisis in America: Faceless No MoreThe leading cause of accidental death in the United States is not car wrecks, but wreckage of a different sort. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in this country. Drug overdoses have a... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
The Science of the Big BangThis course will cover the general ideas behind the big bang and expansion of the universe. It will present the physics of the universe as accurately as possible while keeping jargon and mathematics to a minimum. The course will... Oct 27, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news and issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional... Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 6, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... Oct 20, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
China and American Primacy: US Strategy in the Asian CenturyHow should the United States respond to a China that seems determined to overturn the liberal international order? In the aftermath of its recent America First strategy, should the US seek to rebuild its Indo-Pacific formal and... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Federal Budget & Debt: So What?The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, the federal debt is $28-plus trillion ($85,000-plus per person) and growing, with critical unmet needs. The US and North Carolina economies and services rely heavily on the federal budget.... Oct 7, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Canceled
French Revolution and NapoleonMost historians look to the French Revolution as the time when the modern age began, when Western society, economics, culture, and politics began to be altered at fundamental levels, transforming Europe from an essentially medieval... Oct 21, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Hannah Arendt: On Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about a century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She immigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught at the New School, and... Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Herman, Bock & Harnick 101: More Musicals from Broadway's Golden AgeComposer and lyricist Jerry Herman and the team of composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick gave us several of the most popular and well-regarded musicals of Broadway’s “golden age,” including "Hello, Dolly!," "Mame," "La... Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance," and in this course we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with the ballet barre (great for... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
L’Histoire des FrancaisesThe course will endeavor to relate the history of French women throughout the centuries. Loved, admired, sung, idealized but also reviled, vilified, mocked: the French woman was all of these. Dependent on her father or husband, she... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Modern Political Theory: 16th Century to the Contemporary PeriodThis course will critically examine several major authors in Western political theory from the 16th century to the contemporary period: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Weil, Arendt, and the authors of the United Nations' "Universal... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Neurologist Meets Art HistorianThis is a series of eight lectures that broadly looks at medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and quackery through the use of the visual arts: paintings, sculpture, rarely seen video clips, and vintage advertisements. The lectures... Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 11, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Wait List
The Zentangle Art MethodIn this six-week course, students will learn how to draw using the Zentangle® art method. The first class will be "Intro to Zentangle®," which will teach the history and philosophy of Zentangle®. In this class, students will also... Sep 23, 2021 to Oct 28, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Available
Toward a More Equitable Durham: Parables, Paradoxes, and PartnershipsThis course will examine both the historical origins and the current manifestations of racial inequality in Durham in every system, including wealth and the economy, the criminal legal system, health and environmental justice,... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
T’ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the discovery that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: MallardsIf you have always wanted to paint with watercolors, this may be your opportunity. In this course, you will learn through a combination of demonstration, instructor guidance, and doing. At the end, you will have completed a ready-to... Sep 23, 2021 to Oct 28, 2021 9:00AM - 11:00AM $110.00 Available
Friday
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British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro: From Butlers to RobotsThe winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, best-selling-author Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary writers. While relating an apparently straightforward autobiographical tale, his first-person... Sep 17, 2021 to Nov 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Storytelling Through PhotographyThis is a hands-on course where, as a group, we will explore several different forms of storytelling using photographs. Students will be introduced to topics and develop their own examples of single images that express an emotion or... Sep 17, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Art & Women IThis small discussion-based course will investigate European and American art featuring women, from ancient times to the 19th century, considering woman as subject and woman as artist. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends in... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Art Nouveau 1890-1910This three-part lecture series is a preface to the fall 2021 North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary" (October 23, 2021, to January 23, 2022). Art Nouveau, popular between 1890 and 1910, was... (Wednesdays) Oct 13, 2021 to Oct 27, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Artistry in Glass: Antiquity to the 21st CenturyThe explosion of glass as an art form over the last 30 years has roots that extend back over 3,500 years. After a brief introduction to glass chemistry and structure, this course follows the historical development of both... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
From Low Art to High Art: Genres and Genre Painting in the Early Modern Era"I would rather be the first painter of common things, than second in higher art." Diego Velazquez What motivated major artists of the early modern era to produce paintings of minor subjects? In the Renaissance and Baroque, the... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Icons of Architecture: World-Renowned Buildings and Their CreatorsJoin us as we explore eight timeless icons of architecture from the earliest days of recorded history to the present. Who created them, and why? What engineering innovations shaped them and made them work? What makes them great? How... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Inside the Artists Studio: Artists Who Challenge UsInspired by James Lipton’s "Inside the Actors Studio," this course will feature seven outstanding contemporary artists from around the US. This diverse group varies in ethnicity, geographic representation, age, and approach to... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Jasper Johns in 10 Works"Take an object Do something to it Do something else to it [Repeat]" In 1964, Jasper Johns jotted these lean phrases in a sketchbook as a statement of his artistic practice. Behind them, though, lies a complex, dogged... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Fall Photography SeminarHave you just started down the road to becoming a digital photographer? Or, does your journey need a jump start? In either case, this seminar may be what you're looking for to help you create better photographs. The course will... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Intro 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) Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Wait List
Storytelling Through PhotographyThis is a hands-on course where, as a group, we will explore several different forms of storytelling using photographs. Students will be introduced to topics and develop their own examples of single images that express an emotion or... (Fridays) Sep 17, 2021 to Nov 12, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Economics & Public Policy
Course Time Tuition Status
Federal Budget & Debt: So What?The federal budget is $5-plus trillion, the federal debt is $28-plus trillion ($85,000-plus per person) and growing, with critical unmet needs. The US and North Carolina economies and services rely heavily on the federal budget.... (Thursdays) Oct 7, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 Canceled
The World TodayThis course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news and issues from around the world and at home. The facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose additional... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
The Zentangle Art MethodIn this six-week course, students will learn how to draw using the Zentangle® art method. The first class will be "Intro to Zentangle®," which will teach the history and philosophy of Zentangle®. In this class, students will also... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Oct 28, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Available
Watercolor Painting: MallardsIf you have always wanted to paint with watercolors, this may be your opportunity. In this course, you will learn through a combination of demonstration, instructor guidance, and doing. At the end, you will have completed a ready-to... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Oct 28, 2021 9:00AM - 11:00AM $110.00 Available
History: Past & Present
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Abraham Lincoln & Slavery: We Cannot Escape HistoryNo US president affected American history more than Abraham Lincoln. Slavery and civil war threatened the country during his presidency. Lincoln's views on slavery, race, and a perpetual union warrant examination from the... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
American Foreign PolicyThe course American Foreign Policy addresses the constitutional and conceptual foundations of American foreign policy in terms of international relations theory and the specific context of “American exceptionalism.” The course... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
China and American Primacy: US Strategy in the Asian CenturyHow should the United States respond to a China that seems determined to overturn the liberal international order? In the aftermath of its recent America First strategy, should the US seek to rebuild its Indo-Pacific formal and... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Exploring the Queer SouthPeople often believe that Queer culture resides only in large coastal cities in the US. The study of the Queer South remains at the very edges of academic scholarship, and the modern Queer South is at best a cautionary tale and at... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 8, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $90.00 Canceled
French Revolution and NapoleonMost historians look to the French Revolution as the time when the modern age began, when Western society, economics, culture, and politics began to be altered at fundamental levels, transforming Europe from an essentially medieval... (Thursdays) Oct 21, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $60.00 Available
Reading Northern Soldiers' Civil War LettersCivil War soldiers’ letters have often been relegated to supporting information on military events. Today, thousands of letters are now accessible through our major universities, public libraries, and historical societies. By... (Wednesdays) Oct 13, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
The Early Middle Ages: Late Antiquity to the Norman ConquestThis course will look at the history of Western Europe from the Roman Empire’s Crisis of the Third Century through the Norman Conquest of England in the 1000s. Among the topics that will be covered are the decline and fall of the... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Story of London, Part 1: From the Romans to the RestorationWhat comes to mind when you think of London? Buildings, such as the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, or St. Paul’s Cathedral? People, like Chaucer, Queen Elizabeth I, or Milton? The River Thames, flanked by the Globe Theatre,... (Tuesdays) Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
The Supreme Court in AmericaThe Supreme Court has always been among the most revered institutions of American society. It represents legality, integrity, and America stability. Yet in recent times, politics have eroded the reputation of the court, and its... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Literature and Languages
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British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro: From Butlers to RobotsThe winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, best-selling-author Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary writers. While relating an apparently straightforward autobiographical tale, his first-person... (Fridays) Sep 17, 2021 to Nov 19, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Exploring Mysteries: Solving the Mystery of MysteriesIn six sessions, students will dive into mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. The course will be led by five published mystery and crime authors, all of whom are members of Triangle Sisters in Crime. The Sisters will reveal clues... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
L’Histoire des FrancaisesThe course will endeavor to relate the history of French women throughout the centuries. Loved, admired, sung, idealized but also reviled, vilified, mocked: the French woman was all of these. Dependent on her father or husband, she... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Teachers in Fiction and Film: An ExaminationThe smug adage “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” fails to acknowledge the profound influence teachers can exert. In this course we will consider how fictional teachers are portrayed and what these depictions say about how... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
The Backstory of a Poem: Sources of InspirationMost of us were taught poetry by counting lines, identifying metaphors, and searching for symbolism. But that is not what this course will do. Instead, we will explore and discern poems' catalysts. The ancient Greeks counted nine... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
The Literature of Plague: Fiction and Pandemic from the 18th Century to the PresentCOVID-19 has so thoroughly upended everyday life for people around the world that it is easy to think that this public health crisis is an unprecedented event. However, mass-scale disease and death have been part of the history of... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Wait List
Performing Arts
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10 Great Opera Arias in 10 WeeksThis course will open up understanding of opera for all, especially newcomers. We will delve into the meaning behind the words and show, using new and old videos, and how the best singers have interpreted 10 great arias. Along the... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Herman, Bock & Harnick 101: More Musicals from Broadway's Golden AgeComposer and lyricist Jerry Herman and the team of composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick gave us several of the most popular and well-regarded musicals of Broadway’s “golden age,” including "Hello, Dolly!," "Mame," "La... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
It Took a Village: How Greenwich Village Gave Birth to the Music of the 1960sThe 1960s was a time when everything was questioned and many things changed. The music of that time reflected the dramatic changes in popular culture but was also a catalyst for change, and it was born, to a large extent, in New... (Wednesdays) Oct 6, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $75.00 Wait List
Religion & Philosophy
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Hannah Arendt: On Human Nature, Jewish and German Identity, and the HolocaustHannah Arendt, a Jew born in Germany about a century ago, studied with the leading philosophers working in phenomenology and existentialism. She immigrated to New York when the Nazis came to power, taught at the New School, and... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 18, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Modern Political Theory: 16th Century to the Contemporary PeriodThis course will critically examine several major authors in Western political theory from the 16th century to the contemporary period: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Weil, Arendt, and the authors of the United Nations' "Universal... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Science & Technology
Course Time Tuition Status
A Hitchhiker's Guide to AI: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're GoingOver the last few years, artificial intelligence has become a major player in many spheres—industry, commerce, social media, arts and entertainment, among others—and its influence is certain to become both broader and deeper. Many... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Bringing Forward New Medicines: A Behind-the-Scenes LookDrugs! Modern medicine depends on them. There are many prescription medications on the market approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a variety of illnesses, diseases, and symptoms; but not for all. Why is that? Join us to... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Computer Security & Privacy: Practical Steps to Stay SafeHow secure is your computer right now? Computers and the Internet have revolutionized our world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. While there are tons of resources on... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Home Alone in the UniverseAre we alone in the universe? Let us explore this question together. We will begin with a survey of stars, galaxies, and the universe, and then discuss great outstanding questions: What are dark matter, dark energy, and black holes... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Available
Neurologist Meets Art HistorianThis is a series of eight lectures that broadly looks at medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and quackery through the use of the visual arts: paintings, sculpture, rarely seen video clips, and vintage advertisements. The lectures... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Nov 11, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Optics for the Curious: A Survey of the Study, Properties, and Uses of LightThis course begins with a historical survey of humankind’s understanding of light and continues with chapters covering: the nature of light, color, making light, vision, atmospheric phenomena, and light in the cosmos. The course... (Tuesdays) Oct 12, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Planet EarthThis course will be an introduction, from a largely geologic perspective, to the major components of our planet, to the processes that shape the planet, and to the long history of the planet, with some emphasis on how our present... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
The Science of the Big BangThis course will cover the general ideas behind the big bang and expansion of the universe. It will present the physics of the universe as accurately as possible while keeping jargon and mathematics to a minimum. The course will... (Wednesdays) Oct 27, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Think AgainThe human brain, a remarkable organ with over 200 billion cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, developed through evolution for survival and procreation, not accuracy or perception of objective reality. It is designed to... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 6, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Wait List
Using Google Maps: Sharing Adventures and HistoryGetting directions or finding restaurants is the tip of the iceberg for Google Maps. Imagine adding geographic, visual, and audio components to a map to tell the story of your family history, or a travel adventure. We will start the... (Wednesdays) Oct 20, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Society and Culture
Course Time Tuition Status
Both Sides Now: Reflections on Women at MidlifeIn the midst of the difficulties and good times of late adulthood, there is an amazing grounding and balancing that takes place, allowing us to find more joy and peace than ever before. In this course, we will reflect on our lives... (Mondays) Oct 11, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Wait List
Caste: A Discussion GroupPulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s newest book, "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," analyzes American hierarchy through the lens of a caste system. Comparing power in the United States with historical hierarchies in India... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Available
Community Engagement: Finding Your Path to Meaningful Involvement in DurhamWhat are you seeking from community engagement at this point in your life? The overarching goal for this course is for participants to identify a path for themselves to personally and meaningfully engage with the Durham community.... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Available
Everyone Has a Story: Exploring Memory, Family History, and Jewish PolandIn this experiential workshop, participants will explore their family histories and share their stories as they learn about the rescue of Jewish memory being done by non-Jews today in Poland. Because 90 percent of Polish Jews were... (Wednesdays) Oct 27, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $60.00 Wait List
History of the Black PressThis course is an introduction to the origins of the Black press in America, along with its impact as a trusted voice of resistance. From Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurn’s first publication of "Freedom’s Journal" in 1827 and... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 2, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
New Lens: A New Way of Looking at Important TopicsJoin us to hear new views on six timely and vital topics. Higher Education Challenges and the Future. How colleges can thrive in a complex world. David Maxwell. Hollywood's Long Road to Racial Inclusivity. The complex... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $70.00 Available
Symposia: Mind-Expanding Excursions and DiversionsSymposia returns 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 have caught your attention otherwise... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Opioid Crisis in America: Faceless No MoreThe leading cause of accidental death in the United States is not car wrecks, but wreckage of a different sort. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in this country. Drug overdoses have a... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
Toward a More Equitable Durham: Parables, Paradoxes, and PartnershipsThis course will examine both the historical origins and the current manifestations of racial inequality in Durham in every system, including wealth and the economy, the criminal legal system, health and environmental justice,... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Baba Ram Dass Seminar: Be Here Now with Loving AwarenessThis course will share the life, wisdom, teachings, and cultural significance of the American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert (1931-2019). Students will learn about skills that this seminal... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $70.00 Available
Fitness at HomeThe objectives of this course are to improve your balance, agility, aerobic endurance, and muscular strength by participation in a fun workout. Use the fitness equipment you've accumulated over the years or household objects like... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Nov 17, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Canceled
If You Can Walk, You Can DanceAs told in an African proverb, "If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance," and in this course we will dance to celebrate special occasions and just to have fun. Beginning with the ballet barre (great for... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Canceled
Introduction to Meditation: Cultivating Everyday MindfulnessDo you want to learn how to meditate or expand upon your current meditation practice? Then this is the course for you. In our six sessions, you will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and be supported in establishing a... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 11:00AM - 12:15PM $70.00 Wait List
Legendary Foods of EuropeLegendary Foods of Europe is a new "food-tainment" presentation that celebrates the foods of Italy, France, and the Mediterranean. We'll enjoy the history, culture, and flavors of each country. From the coast of Normandy to the... (Mondays) Nov 1, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $40.00 Available
Modern Bridge Bidding IThis course is designed to help you improve your enjoyment of bridge. It is only suitable for people who have previously played bridge, in college or socially, and is not for new players with no knowledge of bidding or playing. In... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 16, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $100.00 Wait List
T’ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionT'ai chi (taijiquan or t’ai chi ch’uan) is a traditional Chinese moving meditation, martial art, and health exercise. It arose out of the discovery that slow, continuous motion, combined with an internal focus on subtle changes,... (Thursdays) Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 2, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Yoga Nidra: Systematic RelaxationYoga nidra offers 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 often remark on how relaxed and refreshed they... (Mondays) Oct 18, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Writing
Course Time Tuition Status
Introduction to Travel WritingIntroduction to Travel Writing offers participants an elementary foundation in travel writing for both personal satisfaction and potential publication. This six-week course will explore a variety of travel writing formats from... (Tuesdays) Sep 14, 2021 to Oct 19, 2021 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Available
Memoirish 2.0: Write Your Life StoriesMemoirish 2.0 is a six-week course offering participants the opportunity to delve deep and be part of a small community of fellow aspiring memoir writers. This course is most appropriate for those who have done some writing and... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 20, 2021 3:30PM - 5:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Short Form Memoir: Stories from the Heart“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, we will explore short forms... (Wednesdays) Sep 15, 2021 to Oct 27, 2021 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Available
Writing a Legacy LetterThis four-session online course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an ethical will) is a written document that allows... (Mondays) Oct 25, 2021 to Nov 15, 2021 1:30PM - 2:45PM $60.00 Wait List
Writing FictionThinking about writing a novel or short story? “Most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one,” the great Flannery O’Connor observed. This course will introduce the tools of fiction writing, including character... (Mondays) Sep 13, 2021 to Oct 18, 2021 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
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Membership

Becoming a member of OLLI is easy. As of August 2nd, annual membership dues are $50 (payable when you first sign up for courses). Memberships are good for the academic year. You must be a member of OLLI to take classes and attend social activities. If you do not have a current membership or new to OLLI, our new 2021-2022 membership is available starting July 1, 2021 and is good through June 30, 2022. 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 2021 - 2022 Membership to your cart. Note: if you purchased a membership between March 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021, your membership will remain active through June 30, 2022.
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Registration

Dates

Online Learning Winter 2022 Term registration:

OLLI members registering for classes held on Monday, and Tuesday will register on day one of Registration – Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 am.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – Wednesday, January 12 at 9:00 am.

Note: 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 are interested in registering for courses with limited enrollment. Maximum enrollment limits can be found on the course’s profile page or in the catalog.

Members must register for courses using the Duke Continuing Studies’ website. There are three 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 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 steps to checkout.
  • Search Box: You may also enter the course number or part of the title into the search box that appears on every page at the top right, under the shopping cart symbol. (Do not include section numbers when searching). 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.

Payments

All courses are priced individually and listed in the course descriptions with the specific dollar amount (e.g., "Fee: $70").

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

Refund Policy

If you wish to drop a course and request a refund, please email kathy.parrish@duke.edu and request a drop within five business days following the first class of the course. After that time, no refunds will be issued except in the event of an emergency, at the discretion of OLLI at Duke Staff. There will be a $20 service charge per course dropped unless the course is $50 or less, then the service charge is $10 per course. 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.

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 workshops 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.

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 (formerly Book Club):

This group enjoys reading and discussing the best contemporary literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Our 2021 calendar includes The Buddha in the Attic, There There, The Other Family, Here We Are, Hamnet, The Soldier's Wife, What Are You Going Through, and The Rules of Civility. The group will meet via Zoom on the second Monday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm (Sep-Nov). For more details and to be added to our mailing list, please contact Nancy Capaccio at nancycapaccio99@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 (Sep-Nov). For details and more information, please contact Judy Grauer at judygrauer@gmail.com.

Criminal and Social Justice Reform: Faceless No More:

The Criminal and Social Justice Reform Special Interest Group (SIG) hosts speakers and facilitates discussion to bring new insights and perspectives to build a community of those who want to help make a difference. During each session, speakers address the different local, national, and international aspects of reform. This SIG builds on several recent OLLI classes on this topic that received excellent reviews from OLLI members. Everyone is welcome. For the Fall 2021 Term, we will meet on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Please contact Bill Grizack (billgrizack@facelessnomore.org) or Mark Hall (cmarkhall81@gmail.com) for more information.

Foodie Field Trips:

This SIG is organized by email and via the SIG website https://foodiefieldtrip.weebly.com. The group gathers periodically to safely share a meal and companionship at venues that offer interesting food in an outdoor setting.

French Language Table:

This group will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. La Table Française se réunit le mardi entre midi et une heure au Centre JRC. Bien que le nom du groupe ne change pas, il faut vous avertir qu'on est défendu d'y manger dans une salle de classe. Actuellement la TF est complète, mais il y a une liste d'attente. Pour tous renseignements, contactez George Entenman (olli@entenman.net) ou Emily Lees (emilyjlees@gmail.com).

International Folk Dance:

Beginning on Oct 5, the new time to meet is 2:00 - 3:15 pm, and it will still be on Tuesdays. I will also offer the introductory classes again on Oct 5 and 12. PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to be fully vaccinated! We are wearing masks and social distancing in a large room and still meeting at Croasdaile Village. For more information please contact Judy Stafford at judy.stafford.nc@gmail.com.

Mac Computer User Group:

Mac users are currently meeting periodically via Zoom for Q&A and short presentations on topics of interest. To be added to our mailing list please contact Mary Jo Fickle, mjfickle@earthlink.net, or Susan Eure, asure@bellsouth.net.

Mystery Book Club:

Our 2021 lineup includes An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, The Riddle of the Sands, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, Birds of a Feather, The Right Sort of Man, and The Thursday Murder Club. We will meet via Zoom (Sep-Nov) on the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 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:

The PPSIG has two sections: (Section 1) Repair & Renovation of the Constitution; 2038 meets in person on the first Thursday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. (Section 2) Public Policy Discussions will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. If you are interested in participating in any of these sections, please contact Jim Hollowood jhollowood@gmail.com or Larry Reed lgreed3@gmail.com for more details.

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). This Group will begin its meetings in September and thereafter on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Contact Howard Goldberg, hgoldberg16@gmail.com for more details.

OLLI Singles:

OLLI Singles supports social engagement for its members, by its members. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm and discuss topics of mutual interest and share experiences. For more information and details about the link/password please contact the Steering Committee at olliatdukesingles@gmail.com to join our SIG.

*Retirement Transition Group:

This group is currently on hiatus until further notice. Coordinator is Corinne Schillin at cschillin@yahoo.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

*Spanish Language Table:

The Spanish conversation group is now on hiatus until further notice. Coordinator: Margaret Riley (mrileync@gmail.com).

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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
Fall 2021

Friday, November 19

Fall Online Classes end

Monday-Friday, November, 22-26

OLLI Office closed for Thanksgiving break, No classes

Monday- Friday, November 29 - December 3

Make up days for classes

Winter 2022
Tuesday, January 11

Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 am

-For classes held on Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, January 12

Registration for Fall courses begin at 9:00 am

-For classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday

Monday, January 17 Martin Luther King Jr Day, OLLI Offices are closed
Monday, January 24 Winter classes start
Friday, April 1 Winter classes end
Monday - Friday, April 2-6 Make up days for classes
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Volunteer Opportunities

Class Moderators for Fall 2021

Are you interested in helping with the OLLI Fall courses? If so, consider serving as a Class Moderator. 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 the chair of the curriculum committee, Beth Anderson at olliatdukecurrcom@gmail.com.

 

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 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.

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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 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 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, 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.

2020-2021 Officers (one-year term, elected at annual meeting)

Acting 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, JD
Operations/Administrative:  Kathy Parrish
Technical/Communication: Betina Huntwork
Staff Representatives: Beth Bowling, Jo Ann Dubberley, Annette Gooch, 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 send out an 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 

Member Website

The member website is currently under construction: OLLI at Duke maintains a members website (olliatduke.org) designed to keep members up to date on available courses, scheduled events, activities, and items of interest. 

Online Learning Website

In response to Covid-19, OLLI at Duke has created a site 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 vist: https://www.olliatduke.online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Zoom link to my class?

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 enrolled for the entire following academic year. Please see the membership section of this website for more information on membership.

Is my course recorded?

OLLI records selected Zoom courses each term, based on course size and other factors Recordings are made available just 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 agreeing to your participation to 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, all of OLLI’s courses are online via Zoom. Because of the pandemic, we are able to reach Duke Alumni and others from across the country and internationally. Last Year, we had more than 100 members from outside of North Carolina, including Los Angeles and London. 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 and helpful hints, tips, and tricks for Zoom 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 e-mail 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 log in and use the new password to log-in.

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Locations

All courses are currently 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.

This Fall, OLLI is planning to host some social events and SIG meetings 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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