Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

January 7, 2022 – Given the dynamic circumstances created by the Omicron variant and Duke University’s protocols, we are unable to offer in-person courses during the Winter Term.  OLLI will only host online courses during the Winter Term.  Based on instructor preference, some of the courses... read more »

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 Winter, OLLI at Duke will again be offering in-person courses. Please review these guidelines before registering.

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 iclude:

  • 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
Discovering Who We Are: While Researching How We Came to BeONLINE: Dig out your family tree, and bring it up to date or plan to revamp some of your earlier work. This course will benefit the beginner to the advanced. In eight weeks of classes, you will work on one ancestor at a time, while... Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 14, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 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... Feb 21, 2022 to Feb 22, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Science of Joy and Well-BeingONLINE: Everyone wants to lead a full, joyous, happy life. Over the past decade, there have been myriad scientific and peer-reviewed studies on the power of positivity and happiness. Can we learn to be happy? Will money do the trick... Jan 24, 2022 to Feb 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
The Literature of Plague II: 21st-Century Visions of Disease and DeathONLINE: As the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, mass-scale disease and death have always been part of the history of humanity. However, in the last half century, the apocalyptic imagination has increasingly turned to our shared... Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Understanding Photo CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition... Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Why the Jews? Anti-Semitism Then & NowONLINE: "Jews Will Not Replace Us!," "Camp Auschwitz," "6MWE," Yellow Stars of David inscribed with "Not Vaccinated," "It's Open Season on All You Zionist Pigs!" Why are Jews targets of hate so soon after six million Jews were... Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Tuesday
Course Time Tuition Status
A History of Policing in AmericaUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Current controversies over the role of policing in urban America are only the latest in a long history of such conflicts. This lecture-based, in-person course will offer a "long view" of... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Art & Women IIUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this discussion-based course, we will examine European and American art made by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Wait List
Birth, Life, and Death of StarsONLINE: The sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and trillions throughout the universe. Stars vary tremendously in character, and this online course will present ideas on the life cycle of various types of stars,... Mar 15, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
Botanical DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images (flowers) by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different botanical image will be taught. Even beginners will be amazed to see how they can... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $95.00 Available
Chinese Brush PaintingUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Landscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. In this in-person course, students will learn how to paint various landscapes that include mountains, rivers, trees, and... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Canceled
Energy and Climate ChangeUPDATED 1/7/2022 -THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Energy makes our civilization go, and we and emerging nations consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, or energy... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
English Stately HomesONLINE: The English countryside is dotted with country houses, from medieval manor homes to Victorian faux castles, where royals were birthed, treaties were negotiated, the world's greatest novels were written, and museum... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Available
Exploring EthicsONLINE: In this online course, we will be reading essays by ethicists who argue different sides of an important issue, like world hunger, immigration, pornography, animal welfare, abortion, and euthanasia. Most of our class time... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Islam & American Democracy: A Comparative ReviewONLINE: This online course will examine the value of Islam and the contributions of its practitioners for the advancement of America’s democratic values. Students will: (1) compare and contrast the Islamic and American democratic... Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Learn to Knit—Make a BlanketUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this course, you will learn how to knit a cozy afghan, one square at a time. All skill levels are welcome as we learn to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and read patterns including knitting charts. We'll... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Personal Growth During Stress: Strengthening Perspectives and Practices for Well-BeingUPDATED 1/7/22- ONILNE: Anxiety permeates our culture and consciousness. We feel threats from COVID-19, political polarization, global warming, and attacks on our democracy. Our health and financial situation concern us. We’ve... Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Physical and Applied GeologyONLINE: This introductory online class presents physical geology and its practical uses in society. Basic geologic concepts and principles are covered first for background. Engineering geology and hydrogeology subdisciplines apply... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Playing a Bridge HandONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, participants will learn to interpret clues from the auction and opening lead to plan and execute the play of a notrump and a suit contract. Using state-of-the-art bridge teaching and playing... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Poetry: Writing the Deep PlacesUPDATED 1/7/22-ONLINE: The magic of a memorable poem comes from its ability to touch and transport us emotionally and intellectually. Yet intimate poems are often wrought from life or passions, and this material can be difficult to... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $95.00 Wait List
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... Feb 21, 2022 to Feb 22, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Shift: Explore & Exercise Your Personal Creative ProcessONLINE: This course offers a rare opportunity to both consider and also be a participant in three active-involvement classes on the creative process in art. Three highly accomplished artists, all of whose work has been exhibited... Jan 25, 2022 to Feb 8, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)UPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Through expert speakers and class lectures, this course will explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. In four in-person sessions, we... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Canceled
Successful ConversationsUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: This course will be interactive, and your active participation will ensure that you receive the most benefits. Successful communication is critical to developing satisfying relationships with our adult... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 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... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Creativity of the Late ’70s: How It Shaped Our Lives TodayONLINE: Become an insider and experience what it was like to be an innovator and trendsetter in the late 1970s. Watch, listen, and discuss Macy’s New York advertisements, press clippings, and other cultural archives that reflect... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The High and Late Middle AgesONLINE: Students in this online course will learn about the history of Western Europe from around 1100 until the end of the Middle Ages, with a focus on what is now England, France, and Germany. Among the topics that will be covered... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Sixties at Duke: Desegregation, Student Activism, and the Struggle for Racial JusticeONLINE: This lecture course is about the contested fight for racial justice at Duke University from the enrollment of the first Black undergraduates in 1963 to the takeover of part of the central administration building less than... Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Story of London, Part 2: From the Georgians to the Swinging SixtiesONLINE: In Part 1 of this online course, we saw how London, originally founded by the Romans, became an important international city by the end of the 17th century. In Part 2, we’ll discover how the rapidly growing city absorbed... Feb 8, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
What to Eat—and Why! Evidence-Based Guide to NutritionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : It stands to reason that our diet powerfully influences our health and longevity. Yet nutrition pundits make recommendations at odds with one another, leaving us confused about what we... Mar 1, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Wednesday
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
A Celebration of Soul MusicUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This lively in-person course will celebrate the classic American soul music of the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. Without leaving town, we will visit a number of key sites—Chicago, Memphis,... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Eco-poetry: Witness to NatureUPDATE 1/7/22 - ONLINE: The ecotheologian Thomas Berry writes, “The Great Work, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation . . . to a period when humans would be present to... Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Faulkner's Light in August: The Preeminent Southern Gothic NovelONLINE: This online course will be devoted to a close reading and discussion of William Faulkner's "Light in August," which is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. Students do not need to be familiar with Faulkner.... Mar 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : How did Harry S. Truman, born in late-19th-century Missouri, where he would spend his formative years as a seemingly ordinary man living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Holistic BiologyONLINE: This online course is comprised of a series of illustrated lectures covering the scope of modern biology from evolution to consciousness. The fundamental principles of the science will be examined, along with the historical... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Is It In Your Genes? Genes, Health, and DiseaseONLINE: Your genes impact you and your family in many ways and for many generations. This online course will explore how genetics contributes to an individual's personal characteristics, health and disease, and response to... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Religion in Local NC History: From the Regulator Rebellion to the Civil Rights MovementONLINE: From the Regulator Rebellion of the 1760s and ’70s, to the fight over slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, religion has played a significant part in shaping local North Carolina history. Through... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 16, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 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... Feb 16, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $105.00 Wait List
Smartphone StorytellingONLINE: Learn, in this online course, to use your mobile device to tell engaging stories and produce content that informs an online audience about a business, hobby, or project. This could be on your own website or any social media... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Table Read American PlaysONLINE: A table read is a gathering of people to enjoy a play together by reading the script aloud. Not only is it fun to give your voice to a wonderful character, it also allows you to begin to understand, admire, and sympathize... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive, and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,... Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
The World TodayONLINE: This online course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news/issues from around the world and at home. A facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Using Artificial Intelligence: A Hands-On, Nontechnical AdventureONLINE: Artificial intelligence is not magic, as the media sometimes makes it out to be. In many respects, it is quite simple, and a lot of fun to play with. If you are skeptical, just try this link: quickdraw.withgoogle.com. There... Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
West European GovernmentsONLINE: West European Governments provides a comparative analysis of the classic West European parliamentary systems of government in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Coverage includes the historical backgrounds, the party... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Who Is SAMO? The Enigma of BasquiatUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : SAMO, an anonymous teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Why We Need Leonard BernsteinONLINE: Why Bernstein? Why now? Leonard Bernstein was the first and possibly only American musician to be universally celebrated as a serious classical composer, teacher, conductor, and Broadway leader. Born to humble immigrants,... Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Available
Writing About Race and Gender: A Writer's WorkshopUPDATED 1/11/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : As the #MeToo movement and the debate over systemic racism spread across the nation and around the world, many of us are challenged to reflect on our own history, beliefs, and complex... Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Canceled
Thursday
Course Time Tuition Status
A la rencontre des Français: Au-delà des stéréotypesONLINE: The Frenchman holding a baguette and wearing a beret and the Frenchwoman being snobbish are stereotypes that are not true representations of French people. What are French people like today, and how did they become that way... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
All in the Family: The Evolution of the Primates, Including UsUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED.: We are all curious about our primate ancestors and relatives. This in-person lecture and discussion course provides answers to questions about how primates evolved and why many species... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Antiracism in Action: Repairing the Breach, Restoring Balance, and Reimagining CommunityONLINE: In their groundbreaking work "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century," William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen provide the most comprehensive case to date for economic... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Books: Artists, Collections, and HandmadeThis class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. ONLINE: In this online course, students can expect to gain a broader understanding of book arts and book collections. Five weeks of classes will be devoted to hands-on bookmaking—... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $120.00 Canceled
COVID-19: In the TrenchesONLINE: In this online course, students will learn directly from medical and public health experts from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the region about what it has been like to deal with COVID-19 since early 2020. Experts in clinical... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Dilemmas in US-China RelationsONLINE: This online discussion course will focus on many of the most pressing issues in contemporary Sino-American relations, including ideological cleavages, turmoil in the South China Sea, threats to Taiwan, Chinese-Japanese... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
James Madison: Father of the ConstitutionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This five-lecture, in-person course delves into the life of James Madison. Madison was a consummate politician who is remembered as the father of the US Constitution and the fourth... Jan 27, 2022 to Feb 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Mosaic Art: Contemporary Materials and TechniquesONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students are invited to explore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. A brief history of mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as examples of current-day... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $110.00 Available
Musicals 101: Dorothy Fields and the Women of BroadwayONLINE: When most people think of Broadway composers and lyricists, the ones that come to mind are men. Although men have historically dominated the field, women have made contributions since the early days of vaudeville. This... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Number Theory: A Visual IntroductionONLINE: In this online lecture course, we focus on basic aspects of number theory. We first investigate integers and their structure, showing how the ideas of factoring and prime numbers develop, as well as how these concepts can be... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 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... Mar 31, 2022 to Apr 1, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Silver Strummers: Ukulele for Absolute BeginnersONLINE: Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument? Then this online course is for you! Silver Strummers is ukulele for absolute beginners. The ukulele is a fun, affordable, and accessible instrument for all! You will learn... Feb 10, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Wait List
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'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... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Diaghilev Ballet: 1909-29UPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: In 1909, when the Diaghilev Ballet came out of Russia with artists of the Imperial Theatres and arrived in Paris, it caused an artistic sensation. We will address the importance of the Diaghilev Ballet as a... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
The Sound of Music: History of American MusicUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: This course examines the impact music has had on American society since the country's inception in 1607. Class members will enjoy videos, lectures, and one or two speakers/entertainers during our meetings.... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"ONLINE: Our class will read and discuss all of “Song of Myself” and the preface to the 1855 "Leaves of Grass." The preface is considered “one of the important landmarks of American literary criticism, and it has continued to exert... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Why Be Social? The Science of Animal Social BehaviorUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: Why are many animals social? What are the different ways that animals, including humans, are social? What good is being social anyway? In this in-person course, we will learn about the ecological drivers,... Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
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... Jan 28, 2022 to Jan 29, 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... Mar 31, 2022 to Apr 1, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Saturday
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... Jan 28, 2022 to Jan 29, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Sunday
Course Time Tuition Status
Intergenerational EthicsONLINE: Do you ever wonder what the younger generations are thinking about? This course explores generational perspectives on today’s ethical issues through an interactive approach: 10 undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI... Jan 9, 2022 to Apr 10, 2022 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List

In-Person Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
Who Is SAMO? The Enigma of BasquiatUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : SAMO, an anonymous teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)UPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Through expert speakers and class lectures, this course will explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. In four in-person sessions, we... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Canceled
Chinese Brush PaintingUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Landscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. In this in-person course, students will learn how to paint various landscapes that include mountains, rivers, trees, and... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Canceled
A History of Policing in AmericaUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Current controversies over the role of policing in urban America are only the latest in a long history of such conflicts. This lecture-based, in-person course will offer a "long view" of... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : How did Harry S. Truman, born in late-19th-century Missouri, where he would spend his formative years as a seemingly ordinary man living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
James Madison: Father of the ConstitutionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This five-lecture, in-person course delves into the life of James Madison. Madison was a consummate politician who is remembered as the father of the US Constitution and the fourth... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Feb 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
A Celebration of Soul MusicUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This lively in-person course will celebrate the classic American soul music of the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. Without leaving town, we will visit a number of key sites—Chicago, Memphis,... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
All in the Family: The Evolution of the Primates, Including UsUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED.: We are all curious about our primate ancestors and relatives. This in-person lecture and discussion course provides answers to questions about how primates evolved and why many species... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Energy and Climate ChangeUPDATED 1/7/2022 -THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Energy makes our civilization go, and we and emerging nations consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, or energy... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
What to Eat—and Why! Evidence-Based Guide to NutritionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : It stands to reason that our diet powerfully influences our health and longevity. Yet nutrition pundits make recommendations at odds with one another, leaving us confused about what we... (Tuesdays) Mar 1, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Writing About Race and Gender: A Writer's WorkshopUPDATED 1/11/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : As the #MeToo movement and the debate over systemic racism spread across the nation and around the world, many of us are challenged to reflect on our own history, beliefs, and complex... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Canceled

Online Courses

Course Time Tuition Status
Art & Women IIUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this discussion-based course, we will examine European and American art made by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Wait List
English Stately HomesONLINE: The English countryside is dotted with country houses, from medieval manor homes to Victorian faux castles, where royals were birthed, treaties were negotiated, the world's greatest novels were written, and museum... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Available
Shift: Explore & Exercise Your Personal Creative ProcessONLINE: This course offers a rare opportunity to both consider and also be a participant in three active-involvement classes on the creative process in art. Three highly accomplished artists, all of whose work has been exhibited... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Feb 8, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Smartphone StorytellingONLINE: Learn, in this online course, to use your mobile device to tell engaging stories and produce content that informs an online audience about a business, hobby, or project. This could be on your own website or any social media... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Understanding Photo CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Islam & American Democracy: A Comparative ReviewONLINE: This online course will examine the value of Islam and the contributions of its practitioners for the advancement of America’s democratic values. Students will: (1) compare and contrast the Islamic and American democratic... (Tuesdays) Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
The World TodayONLINE: This online course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news/issues from around the world and at home. A facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Books: Artists, Collections, and HandmadeThis class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. ONLINE: In this online course, students can expect to gain a broader understanding of book arts and book collections. Five weeks of classes will be devoted to hands-on bookmaking—... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $120.00 Canceled
Botanical DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images (flowers) by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different botanical image will be taught. Even beginners will be amazed to see how they can... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $95.00 Available
Learn to Knit—Make a BlanketUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this course, you will learn how to knit a cozy afghan, one square at a time. All skill levels are welcome as we learn to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and read patterns including knitting charts. We'll... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Mosaic Art: Contemporary Materials and TechniquesONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students are invited to explore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. A brief history of mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as examples of current-day... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $110.00 Available
Dilemmas in US-China RelationsONLINE: This online discussion course will focus on many of the most pressing issues in contemporary Sino-American relations, including ideological cleavages, turmoil in the South China Sea, threats to Taiwan, Chinese-Japanese... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
The High and Late Middle AgesONLINE: Students in this online course will learn about the history of Western Europe from around 1100 until the end of the Middle Ages, with a focus on what is now England, France, and Germany. Among the topics that will be covered... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Sixties at Duke: Desegregation, Student Activism, and the Struggle for Racial JusticeONLINE: This lecture course is about the contested fight for racial justice at Duke University from the enrollment of the first Black undergraduates in 1963 to the takeover of part of the central administration building less than... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Sound of Music: History of American MusicUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: This course examines the impact music has had on American society since the country's inception in 1607. Class members will enjoy videos, lectures, and one or two speakers/entertainers during our meetings.... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The Story of London, Part 2: From the Georgians to the Swinging SixtiesONLINE: In Part 1 of this online course, we saw how London, originally founded by the Romans, became an important international city by the end of the 17th century. In Part 2, we’ll discover how the rapidly growing city absorbed... (Tuesdays) Feb 8, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
West European GovernmentsONLINE: West European Governments provides a comparative analysis of the classic West European parliamentary systems of government in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Coverage includes the historical backgrounds, the party... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Why the Jews? Anti-Semitism Then & NowONLINE: "Jews Will Not Replace Us!," "Camp Auschwitz," "6MWE," Yellow Stars of David inscribed with "Not Vaccinated," "It's Open Season on All You Zionist Pigs!" Why are Jews targets of hate so soon after six million Jews were... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
A la rencontre des Français: Au-delà des stéréotypesONLINE: The Frenchman holding a baguette and wearing a beret and the Frenchwoman being snobbish are stereotypes that are not true representations of French people. What are French people like today, and how did they become that way... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Eco-poetry: Witness to NatureUPDATE 1/7/22 - ONLINE: The ecotheologian Thomas Berry writes, “The Great Work, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation . . . to a period when humans would be present to... (Wednesdays) Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Faulkner's Light in August: The Preeminent Southern Gothic NovelONLINE: This online course will be devoted to a close reading and discussion of William Faulkner's "Light in August," which is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. Students do not need to be familiar with Faulkner.... (Wednesdays) Mar 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Table Read American PlaysONLINE: A table read is a gathering of people to enjoy a play together by reading the script aloud. Not only is it fun to give your voice to a wonderful character, it also allows you to begin to understand, admire, and sympathize... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The Literature of Plague II: 21st-Century Visions of Disease and DeathONLINE: As the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, mass-scale disease and death have always been part of the history of humanity. However, in the last half century, the apocalyptic imagination has increasingly turned to our shared... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"ONLINE: Our class will read and discuss all of “Song of Myself” and the preface to the 1855 "Leaves of Grass." The preface is considered “one of the important landmarks of American literary criticism, and it has continued to exert... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Musicals 101: Dorothy Fields and the Women of BroadwayONLINE: When most people think of Broadway composers and lyricists, the ones that come to mind are men. Although men have historically dominated the field, women have made contributions since the early days of vaudeville. This... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Silver Strummers: Ukulele for Absolute BeginnersONLINE: Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument? Then this online course is for you! Silver Strummers is ukulele for absolute beginners. The ukulele is a fun, affordable, and accessible instrument for all! You will learn... (Thursdays) Feb 10, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Diaghilev Ballet: 1909-29UPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: In 1909, when the Diaghilev Ballet came out of Russia with artists of the Imperial Theatres and arrived in Paris, it caused an artistic sensation. We will address the importance of the Diaghilev Ballet as a... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Why We Need Leonard BernsteinONLINE: Why Bernstein? Why now? Leonard Bernstein was the first and possibly only American musician to be universally celebrated as a serious classical composer, teacher, conductor, and Broadway leader. Born to humble immigrants,... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Available
Exploring EthicsONLINE: In this online course, we will be reading essays by ethicists who argue different sides of an important issue, like world hunger, immigration, pornography, animal welfare, abortion, and euthanasia. Most of our class time... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Intergenerational EthicsONLINE: Do you ever wonder what the younger generations are thinking about? This course explores generational perspectives on today’s ethical issues through an interactive approach: 10 undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI... (Sundays) Jan 9, 2022 to Apr 10, 2022 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Personal Growth During Stress: Strengthening Perspectives and Practices for Well-BeingUPDATED 1/7/22- ONILNE: Anxiety permeates our culture and consciousness. We feel threats from COVID-19, political polarization, global warming, and attacks on our democracy. Our health and financial situation concern us. We’ve... (Tuesdays) Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Religion in Local NC History: From the Regulator Rebellion to the Civil Rights MovementONLINE: From the Regulator Rebellion of the 1760s and ’70s, to the fight over slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, religion has played a significant part in shaping local North Carolina history. Through... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 16, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Birth, Life, and Death of StarsONLINE: The sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and trillions throughout the universe. Stars vary tremendously in character, and this online course will present ideas on the life cycle of various types of stars,... (Tuesdays) Mar 15, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
COVID-19: In the TrenchesONLINE: In this online course, students will learn directly from medical and public health experts from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the region about what it has been like to deal with COVID-19 since early 2020. Experts in clinical... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Holistic BiologyONLINE: This online course is comprised of a series of illustrated lectures covering the scope of modern biology from evolution to consciousness. The fundamental principles of the science will be examined, along with the historical... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Is It In Your Genes? Genes, Health, and DiseaseONLINE: Your genes impact you and your family in many ways and for many generations. This online course will explore how genetics contributes to an individual's personal characteristics, health and disease, and response to... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Number Theory: A Visual IntroductionONLINE: In this online lecture course, we focus on basic aspects of number theory. We first investigate integers and their structure, showing how the ideas of factoring and prime numbers develop, as well as how these concepts can be... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Physical and Applied GeologyONLINE: This introductory online class presents physical geology and its practical uses in society. Basic geologic concepts and principles are covered first for background. Engineering geology and hydrogeology subdisciplines apply... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Using Artificial Intelligence: A Hands-On, Nontechnical AdventureONLINE: Artificial intelligence is not magic, as the media sometimes makes it out to be. In many respects, it is quite simple, and a lot of fun to play with. If you are skeptical, just try this link: quickdraw.withgoogle.com. There... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Why Be Social? The Science of Animal Social BehaviorUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: Why are many animals social? What are the different ways that animals, including humans, are social? What good is being social anyway? In this in-person course, we will learn about the ecological drivers,... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 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... (Fridays) , (Saturdays) Jan 28, 2022 to Jan 29, 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) Feb 21, 2022 to Feb 22, 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) Mar 31, 2022 to Apr 1, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Antiracism in Action: Repairing the Breach, Restoring Balance, and Reimagining CommunityONLINE: In their groundbreaking work "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century," William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen provide the most comprehensive case to date for economic... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Discovering Who We Are: While Researching How We Came to BeONLINE: Dig out your family tree, and bring it up to date or plan to revamp some of your earlier work. This course will benefit the beginner to the advanced. In eight weeks of classes, you will work on one ancestor at a time, while... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 14, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Successful ConversationsUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: This course will be interactive, and your active participation will ensure that you receive the most benefits. Successful communication is critical to developing satisfying relationships with our adult... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 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) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Creativity of the Late ’70s: How It Shaped Our Lives TodayONLINE: Become an insider and experience what it was like to be an innovator and trendsetter in the late 1970s. Watch, listen, and discuss Macy’s New York advertisements, press clippings, and other cultural archives that reflect... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Playing a Bridge HandONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, participants will learn to interpret clues from the auction and opening lead to plan and execute the play of a notrump and a suit contract. Using state-of-the-art bridge teaching and playing... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Science of Joy and Well-BeingONLINE: Everyone wants to lead a full, joyous, happy life. Over the past decade, there have been myriad scientific and peer-reviewed studies on the power of positivity and happiness. Can we learn to be happy? Will money do the trick... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Feb 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'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... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive, and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,... (Wednesdays) Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
Poetry: Writing the Deep PlacesUPDATED 1/7/22-ONLINE: The magic of a memorable poem comes from its ability to touch and transport us emotionally and intellectually. Yet intimate poems are often wrought from life or passions, and this material can be difficult to... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $95.00 Wait List
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... (Wednesdays) Feb 16, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $105.00 Wait List
Art & Architecture
Course Time Tuition Status
Art & Women IIUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this discussion-based course, we will examine European and American art made by women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We will discuss interdisciplinary trends of feminist scholarship in art history... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 3:15PM - 4:45PM $100.00 Wait List
English Stately HomesONLINE: The English countryside is dotted with country houses, from medieval manor homes to Victorian faux castles, where royals were birthed, treaties were negotiated, the world's greatest novels were written, and museum... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 3:30PM - 5:00PM $100.00 Available
Shift: Explore & Exercise Your Personal Creative ProcessONLINE: This course offers a rare opportunity to both consider and also be a participant in three active-involvement classes on the creative process in art. Three highly accomplished artists, all of whose work has been exhibited... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Feb 8, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $75.00 Available
Who Is SAMO? The Enigma of BasquiatUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : SAMO, an anonymous teenager, emerged into the public's consciousness in 1979 through his graffiti on downtown Manhattan walls. Three years later, now known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, he... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Canceled
Computers & Photography
Course Time Tuition Status
Smartphone StorytellingONLINE: Learn, in this online course, to use your mobile device to tell engaging stories and produce content that informs an online audience about a business, hobby, or project. This could be on your own website or any social media... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Understanding Photo CompositionONLINE: This online course is for those who want to elevate their photography skills and learn how to turn an ordinary snapshot into a striking image worthy of framing. Students will explore the concepts of photographic composition... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Economics & Public Policy
Course Time Tuition Status
30 Years Without a Paycheck: Navigating Your Way Through RetirementONLINE: Each individual's retirement has many financial steps. The decisions you face can be overwhelming, but they are extremely important as you plan for 30 years without a paycheck. It starts when you leave your employer, and it... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Islam & American Democracy: A Comparative ReviewONLINE: This online course will examine the value of Islam and the contributions of its practitioners for the advancement of America’s democratic values. Students will: (1) compare and contrast the Islamic and American democratic... (Tuesdays) Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Stay Put or Move On (SPOMO)UPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Through expert speakers and class lectures, this course will explore options for continued independence as aging progresses and life-care needs change. In four in-person sessions, we... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 10:00AM - 1:00PM $150.00 Canceled
The World TodayONLINE: This online course is for those interested in current events. Each week we will discuss news/issues from around the world and at home. A facilitator will provide an agenda, and members of the class are permitted to propose... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Hands-On Art
Course Time Tuition Status
Books: Artists, Collections, and HandmadeThis class has been cancelled due to low enrollment. ONLINE: In this online course, students can expect to gain a broader understanding of book arts and book collections. Five weeks of classes will be devoted to hands-on bookmaking—... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $120.00 Canceled
Botanical DrawingONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students will learn how to draw botanical images (flowers) by identifying basic shapes. Each week a different botanical image will be taught. Even beginners will be amazed to see how they can... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 1:00PM $95.00 Available
Chinese Brush PaintingUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Landscape is one of the three major categories of brush painting. In this in-person course, students will learn how to paint various landscapes that include mountains, rivers, trees, and... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $120.00 Canceled
Learn to Knit—Make a BlanketUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: In this course, you will learn how to knit a cozy afghan, one square at a time. All skill levels are welcome as we learn to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and read patterns including knitting charts. We'll... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Wait List
Mosaic Art: Contemporary Materials and TechniquesONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, students are invited to explore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. A brief history of mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as examples of current-day... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 24, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $110.00 Available
History: Past & Present
Course Time Tuition Status
A History of Policing in AmericaUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Current controversies over the role of policing in urban America are only the latest in a long history of such conflicts. This lecture-based, in-person course will offer a "long view" of... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Canceled
Dilemmas in US-China RelationsONLINE: This online discussion course will focus on many of the most pressing issues in contemporary Sino-American relations, including ideological cleavages, turmoil in the South China Sea, threats to Taiwan, Chinese-Japanese... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Harry S. Truman: The World That Made Him and the World He MadeUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : How did Harry S. Truman, born in late-19th-century Missouri, where he would spend his formative years as a seemingly ordinary man living a seemingly ordinary life, rise to become the... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
James Madison: Father of the ConstitutionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This five-lecture, in-person course delves into the life of James Madison. Madison was a consummate politician who is remembered as the father of the US Constitution and the fourth... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Feb 24, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
The High and Late Middle AgesONLINE: Students in this online course will learn about the history of Western Europe from around 1100 until the end of the Middle Ages, with a focus on what is now England, France, and Germany. Among the topics that will be covered... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Sixties at Duke: Desegregation, Student Activism, and the Struggle for Racial JusticeONLINE: This lecture course is about the contested fight for racial justice at Duke University from the enrollment of the first Black undergraduates in 1963 to the takeover of part of the central administration building less than... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Sound of Music: History of American MusicUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: This course examines the impact music has had on American society since the country's inception in 1607. Class members will enjoy videos, lectures, and one or two speakers/entertainers during our meetings.... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
The Story of London, Part 2: From the Georgians to the Swinging SixtiesONLINE: In Part 1 of this online course, we saw how London, originally founded by the Romans, became an important international city by the end of the 17th century. In Part 2, we’ll discover how the rapidly growing city absorbed... (Tuesdays) Feb 8, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $90.00 Available
West European GovernmentsONLINE: West European Governments provides a comparative analysis of the classic West European parliamentary systems of government in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Coverage includes the historical backgrounds, the party... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Why the Jews? Anti-Semitism Then & NowONLINE: "Jews Will Not Replace Us!," "Camp Auschwitz," "6MWE," Yellow Stars of David inscribed with "Not Vaccinated," "It's Open Season on All You Zionist Pigs!" Why are Jews targets of hate so soon after six million Jews were... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Wait List
Literature and Languages
Course Time Tuition Status
A la rencontre des Français: Au-delà des stéréotypesONLINE: The Frenchman holding a baguette and wearing a beret and the Frenchwoman being snobbish are stereotypes that are not true representations of French people. What are French people like today, and how did they become that way... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Eco-poetry: Witness to NatureUPDATE 1/7/22 - ONLINE: The ecotheologian Thomas Berry writes, “The Great Work, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation . . . to a period when humans would be present to... (Wednesdays) Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Faulkner's Light in August: The Preeminent Southern Gothic NovelONLINE: This online course will be devoted to a close reading and discussion of William Faulkner's "Light in August," which is generally considered to be one of his greatest works. Students do not need to be familiar with Faulkner.... (Wednesdays) Mar 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Table Read American PlaysONLINE: A table read is a gathering of people to enjoy a play together by reading the script aloud. Not only is it fun to give your voice to a wonderful character, it also allows you to begin to understand, admire, and sympathize... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Wait List
The Literature of Plague II: 21st-Century Visions of Disease and DeathONLINE: As the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us, mass-scale disease and death have always been part of the history of humanity. However, in the last half century, the apocalyptic imagination has increasingly turned to our shared... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"ONLINE: Our class will read and discuss all of “Song of Myself” and the preface to the 1855 "Leaves of Grass." The preface is considered “one of the important landmarks of American literary criticism, and it has continued to exert... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Wait List
Performing Arts
Course Time Tuition Status
A Celebration of Soul MusicUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : This lively in-person course will celebrate the classic American soul music of the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond. Without leaving town, we will visit a number of key sites—Chicago, Memphis,... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Canceled
Musicals 101: Dorothy Fields and the Women of BroadwayONLINE: When most people think of Broadway composers and lyricists, the ones that come to mind are men. Although men have historically dominated the field, women have made contributions since the early days of vaudeville. This... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Silver Strummers: Ukulele for Absolute BeginnersONLINE: Have you always wanted to play a musical instrument? Then this online course is for you! Silver Strummers is ukulele for absolute beginners. The ukulele is a fun, affordable, and accessible instrument for all! You will learn... (Thursdays) Feb 10, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 2:30PM $90.00 Wait List
The Diaghilev Ballet: 1909-29UPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: In 1909, when the Diaghilev Ballet came out of Russia with artists of the Imperial Theatres and arrived in Paris, it caused an artistic sensation. We will address the importance of the Diaghilev Ballet as a... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:30AM $100.00 Available
Why We Need Leonard BernsteinONLINE: Why Bernstein? Why now? Leonard Bernstein was the first and possibly only American musician to be universally celebrated as a serious classical composer, teacher, conductor, and Broadway leader. Born to humble immigrants,... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Available
Religion & Philosophy
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Exploring EthicsONLINE: In this online course, we will be reading essays by ethicists who argue different sides of an important issue, like world hunger, immigration, pornography, animal welfare, abortion, and euthanasia. Most of our class time... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Intergenerational EthicsONLINE: Do you ever wonder what the younger generations are thinking about? This course explores generational perspectives on today’s ethical issues through an interactive approach: 10 undergraduates partner with “overgrads” in OLLI... (Sundays) Jan 9, 2022 to Apr 10, 2022 2:00PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Wait List
Personal Growth During Stress: Strengthening Perspectives and Practices for Well-BeingUPDATED 1/7/22- ONILNE: Anxiety permeates our culture and consciousness. We feel threats from COVID-19, political polarization, global warming, and attacks on our democracy. Our health and financial situation concern us. We’ve... (Tuesdays) Feb 1, 2022 to Mar 15, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $90.00 Wait List
Religion in Local NC History: From the Regulator Rebellion to the Civil Rights MovementONLINE: From the Regulator Rebellion of the 1760s and ’70s, to the fight over slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, religion has played a significant part in shaping local North Carolina history. Through... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 16, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Science & Technology
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All in the Family: The Evolution of the Primates, Including UsUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED.: We are all curious about our primate ancestors and relatives. This in-person lecture and discussion course provides answers to questions about how primates evolved and why many species... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Birth, Life, and Death of StarsONLINE: The sun is one of billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy and trillions throughout the universe. Stars vary tremendously in character, and this online course will present ideas on the life cycle of various types of stars,... (Tuesdays) Mar 15, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $40.00 Available
COVID-19: In the TrenchesONLINE: In this online course, students will learn directly from medical and public health experts from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the region about what it has been like to deal with COVID-19 since early 2020. Experts in clinical... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 17, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $90.00 Available
Energy and Climate ChangeUPDATED 1/7/2022 -THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : Energy makes our civilization go, and we and emerging nations consume more and more energy. These days nearly every newscast includes a story about energy sources, energy costs, or energy... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $100.00 Canceled
Holistic BiologyONLINE: This online course is comprised of a series of illustrated lectures covering the scope of modern biology from evolution to consciousness. The fundamental principles of the science will be examined, along with the historical... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Is It In Your Genes? Genes, Health, and DiseaseONLINE: Your genes impact you and your family in many ways and for many generations. This online course will explore how genetics contributes to an individual's personal characteristics, health and disease, and response to... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
Number Theory: A Visual IntroductionONLINE: In this online lecture course, we focus on basic aspects of number theory. We first investigate integers and their structure, showing how the ideas of factoring and prime numbers develop, as well as how these concepts can be... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Physical and Applied GeologyONLINE: This introductory online class presents physical geology and its practical uses in society. Basic geologic concepts and principles are covered first for background. Engineering geology and hydrogeology subdisciplines apply... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
Using Artificial Intelligence: A Hands-On, Nontechnical AdventureONLINE: Artificial intelligence is not magic, as the media sometimes makes it out to be. In many respects, it is quite simple, and a lot of fun to play with. If you are skeptical, just try this link: quickdraw.withgoogle.com. There... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Feb 16, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $50.00 Wait List
Why Be Social? The Science of Animal Social BehaviorUPDATED 1/7/22 - ONLINE: Why are many animals social? What are the different ways that animals, including humans, are social? What good is being social anyway? In this in-person course, we will learn about the ecological drivers,... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Social Science & Culture
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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... (Fridays) , (Saturdays) Jan 28, 2022 to Jan 29, 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) Feb 21, 2022 to Feb 22, 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) Mar 31, 2022 to Apr 1, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM $150.00 Available
Society and Culture
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Antiracism in Action: Repairing the Breach, Restoring Balance, and Reimagining CommunityONLINE: In their groundbreaking work "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century," William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen provide the most comprehensive case to date for economic... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 11:00AM - 12:15PM $100.00 Available
Discovering Who We Are: While Researching How We Came to BeONLINE: Dig out your family tree, and bring it up to date or plan to revamp some of your earlier work. This course will benefit the beginner to the advanced. In eight weeks of classes, you will work on one ancestor at a time, while... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Mar 14, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $90.00 Available
Successful ConversationsUPDATED 1/7/22- ONLINE: This course will be interactive, and your active participation will ensure that you receive the most benefits. Successful communication is critical to developing satisfying relationships with our adult... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $75.00 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) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 2:45PM $100.00 Available
The Creativity of the Late ’70s: How It Shaped Our Lives TodayONLINE: Become an insider and experience what it was like to be an innovator and trendsetter in the late 1970s. Watch, listen, and discuss Macy’s New York advertisements, press clippings, and other cultural archives that reflect... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 22, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $100.00 Available
Wellness Activities
Course Time Tuition Status
Playing a Bridge HandONLINE: In this online, hands-on course, participants will learn to interpret clues from the auction and opening lead to plan and execute the play of a notrump and a suit contract. Using state-of-the-art bridge teaching and playing... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $100.00 Available
Science of Joy and Well-BeingONLINE: Everyone wants to lead a full, joyous, happy life. Over the past decade, there have been myriad scientific and peer-reviewed studies on the power of positivity and happiness. Can we learn to be happy? Will money do the trick... (Mondays) Jan 24, 2022 to Feb 28, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $70.00 Available
T'ai Chi: Mindfulness in MotionONLINE: T'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... (Thursdays) Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 31, 2022 9:00AM - 10:15AM $100.00 Available
The Deeper Dimensions of YogaONLINE: Join us to explore the deeper dimensions of yoga that go beyond the physical into the emotional, cognitive, and spiritual heart of the practice. During this online course, we will cover key aspects of the yoga tradition,... (Wednesdays) Feb 9, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 3:30PM - 4:45PM $90.00 Wait List
What to Eat—and Why! Evidence-Based Guide to NutritionUPDATED 1/7/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : It stands to reason that our diet powerfully influences our health and longevity. Yet nutrition pundits make recommendations at odds with one another, leaving us confused about what we... (Tuesdays) Mar 1, 2022 to Mar 29, 2022 11:00AM - 12:30PM $65.00 Canceled
Writing
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Poetry: Writing the Deep PlacesUPDATED 1/7/22-ONLINE: The magic of a memorable poem comes from its ability to touch and transport us emotionally and intellectually. Yet intimate poems are often wrought from life or passions, and this material can be difficult to... (Tuesdays) Jan 25, 2022 to Mar 1, 2022 1:30PM - 3:00PM $95.00 Wait List
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... (Wednesdays) Feb 16, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $105.00 Wait List
Writing About Race and Gender: A Writer's WorkshopUPDATED 1/11/2022 - THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED. : As the #MeToo movement and the debate over systemic racism spread across the nation and around the world, many of us are challenged to reflect on our own history, beliefs, and complex... (Wednesdays) Jan 26, 2022 to Mar 30, 2022 1:30PM - 3:30PM $120.00 Canceled
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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, our 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.
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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 – begining Tuesday, January 11 at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

OLLI members registering for classes held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will register on day two of Registration – begining Wednesday, January 12 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.

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

This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm. 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 Winter courses begin at 9:00 am, ET

-For classes held on Monday, or Tuesday

Wednesday, January 12

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

-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

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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