Courses, Clubs and Workshops

Here you will find information about our current and upcoming sessions, including how to register. 

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This winter, our ever-changing selection of lifelong learning opportunities includes: The Anti-War Movement, America Looks in the Mirror, The Golden Age of Arab Islam, Dazzling Dames of Broadway, and 20 Great Adventurers They Never Taught You About in School (to name but a few). We also have two discussion groups, Global Affairs and The Economist, two workshops and an evening class for working people who can't attend in the daytime. In short, OLLI has something for everyone.

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Winter 2023 Course Descriptions

To view our course offerings for Winter 2023, click through the expandables below.

Mondays | Jan. 9 – Feb. 6 (4 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | IN-PERSON: Guzman Lecture Hall | Not Recorded
No class Jan. 16

We will look at why our brains respond to portraits and what draws our eyes to them. We will look at some of the earliest known portraits and what rules they followed. As we move forward in time, we'll see how those rules were broken. Self-portraits are often the most interesting and we'll examine what they say about our sense of identity.

Mondays | Jan. 9 – Feb. 27 (6 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Zoom, Recorded*
No class Jan. 16, Feb. 20

Francis Ford Coppola’s body of work ranges from stunning successes to colossal misfires, straddling mainstream Hollywood and the fringes of American filmmaking. This class will examine that body of work and the person behind it. Films covered will include: The Godfather (1972); The Conversation (1974); Apocalypse Now (1979); The Outsiders (1983); Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988); and Tetro (2009).

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Tuesdays | Jan. 10 – Feb. 28 (8 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

Political turbulence, racial division, social acrimony, partisan bickering, mass shootings, all with a very persistent pandemic thrown in for good dystopian measure. Is there reason to think that the worst is behind us, or are we really heading, as some have opined, toward a second civil war?

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Tuesdays | Jan. 10 – Jan. 31 (4 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Zoom, Not Recorded

Art historian Silvia Laudien-Meo will look at four artists and the work they produced during periods they spent in New York City: Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, the Brazilian artist Maria Martins, and Yayoi Kusama, originally from Japan. These artists came to NYC for different reasons, and all of them absorbed the energy of NYC in different ways, as the course will explain.

Tuesdays | Feb. 7 – Feb. 28 (4 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

This course tells the true but little known story of 20 amazing men and women whose exploits once captured world headlines but have long since been forgotten. Everyone knows who Sir Ernest Shackleton is, but there are many adventurers whose accomplishments rival that of the most celebrated explorers yet many people have never heard of them: for example, Aloha Wanderwell, who was the first woman to drive around the world in a car in 1922.

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Tuesdays | Jan. 10 – Feb. 28 (8 Meetings) | 4 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Zoom, Not Recorded

The Economist magazine provides unbiased reporting and thought-provoking articles on global political and economic developments. Each week we will discuss 5 topics from the current week’s issue. Class participants are expected to volunteer to lead a discussion on at least one topic per semester. Participants must subscribe or have access to current editions of The Economist (on-line or paper copies, also available at most libraries) and be familiar with Zoom.

Wednesdays | Jan. 11– Feb. 1 (4 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | IN-PERSON: Science Building 107 | Not Recorded

This will be an in-person small group workshop. One of the reasons birds attract human attention is that, like humans, they produce and rely on sound for communication. In this course, we will examine the different ways birds produce sound. Students taking this course will learn to use the computer program “Raven” to analyze and visualize bird sounds. This course will be in person.

Wednesdays | Feb. 8 – Mar. 1 (4 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

The birth, growth and development of early Jazz reshaped musical and cultural worlds. Vibrant new forms of expression were introduced by colorful personalities: Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Sidney Bechet. Each class presents more than a dozen audiovisual clips and dynamic interpretive media. For further exploration, curated links offer access to print web and streaming resources.

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Wednesdays | Jan. 11 – Feb. 15 (6 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

This course covers not only the legends of yesteryear, such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Julie Andrews and Carol Channing, but also more recent megastars like Bernadette Peters and Patti Lupone, Sutton Foster and Audra McDonald. Among the other featured Dames in this new course are Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch and Angela Lansbury, plus there will be some surprise guest appearances.

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Wednesdays | Jan. 11 – Mar. 1 (8 Meetings) | 4 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. | Zoom, Not Recorded

A study group for people with an interest in interaction, strategies, and issues of countries around the world. We’ll create our own “think tank” and develop a deeper understanding of global problems and world issues. Participants will pick and lead discussions on topics of interest to the group. Classes will respectfully tolerate a wide range of opinions.

Wednesdays | Feb. 15 – Mar. 8 (4 Meetings) | 6:30 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. | Zoom, Not Recorded

By 1940, the German armed forces were indisputably the largest and strongest in the world. Yet after the Wehrmacht invasion of France in the summer of 1940, a series of blunders began to unfold which led to Germany’s eventual defeat. From Dunkirk to the Battle of the Atlantic, Operation Barbarossa, the Second Battle of the Ardennes and more, Germany made a series of decisions which sealed its fate.

Thursdays | Jan. 12 – Feb. 16 (6 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

Mick Chantler is back with a six-week course on the Anti-War Movement in the USA. In this course, Mick will be covering anti-war issues from the Anti-Imperialists of 1898, the women peacemakers of World War 1, Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, through to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, culminating in a review and discussion of “Whither the Peace Movement?”

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Thursdays | Jan. 12 – Mar. 2 (8 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | Zoom, Recorded*

One of Civilization's most glorious periods was the first half millennium of Arab Islam. We will follow its development from Muhammad's Mecca, through Umayyad Damascus, Abassid Baghdad, and Fatimid Cairo, interweaving history, faith, governance, science, art, and the lives of the people.

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Fridays | Jan. 13 – Mar. 17 (8 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Zoom, Not Recorded
No class Feb. 17, Mar. 10

Writers on Writing is a literary salon, where published authors read from their books, talk about their creative process, and answer questions. A new author is featured each week. After the Q&A, authors offer a writing exercise based on their book, with time to share writing at the end of the session. If you've ever read a book and wanted to speak with the author, this class is for you.

Fridays | Jan. 13 – Feb. 17 (6 Meetings) | 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. | Zoom, Recorded* | Please note: Three of the six classes will be in-person, on campus.

How and why do we age? This course will overview various psychological approaches to the study of aging. Different faculty from the Psychology department will consider aging from their own areas of expertise. We will investigate questions such as why aging happens and the cognitive changes that are associated with aging.

*Note: Recorded courses are available only to OLLI members enrolled in the specific course. Access to the recorded content will be available through the end of the Winter
Session, March 31, 2023.

Fridays | Jan. 20 – Mar. 17 (8 Meetings) | 2 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. | IN-PERSON: Guzman Lecture Hall | Not Recorded

Quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theories ever, explaining everything from sunlight to chemistry to our smartphones. Quantum mechanics also says that reality is really weird: electrons, you, me, or the moon are not in any particular place or even separated from each other. Whether or not to believe this weirdness is still an open question, but the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded for experiments that say yes, reality really is weird, like quantum mechanics says it is. We will learn about the weirdness of quantum mechanics.

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