OLLI at OU to Offer a Wealth of Programs This Spring


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at OU Outreach offers a variety of noncredit courses to promote lifelong learning and personal growth in older adults. These courses include one-time offerings such as “Mornings with the Professor,” longer courses such as the “Senior Seminar” series, the monthly OU Book Club and the independent film festival OLLIFEST. In addition to the courses on the OU Norman campus, OLLI recently opened a second site at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Annual membership in OLLI at OU is $40. For more information or to become a member, visit OLLI’s website.

Senior Seminars Running four to six weeks long, these classes are the closest things to traditional courses and cover a number of different topics. Senior Seminars offer adult learners the opportunity to gain insight into specific topics from top OU professors while discussing their life experiences, all without any exams or papers. This semester, Senior Seminars will cover topics such as religion, literature, history, film and more. The following is a full list of courses coming soon: OU Health Sciences Center (OKC)

  • Mondays, March 3-31 – “How the Holy Land Became Holy” – Led by Walker Robins, Religious Studies
  • Mondays, March 17-April 21 – “Introduction to Documentary: Nonfiction Film Today” – Led by Kathryn Jenson White, professor emeritus, Journalism and Mass Communication

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  • Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 27 – “The Glory That Was Greece” – Led by Ralph Doty, Classics and Letters
  • Wednesdays, March 5-April 2 – “Geologic Processes with Major Impacts on Earth History” – Led by Ken Johnson, geologist emeritus, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Wednesdays, March 5-April 16 – “North American and Latin Jazz in the Making of a World Music” – Led by Joseph Whitecotton, professor emeritus
  • Tuesdays, March 18-April 22 – “TopDocs” – Led by Kathryn Jenson White, professor emeritus
  • Mondays, March 24-April 21 – “History of the String Quartet” – Led by Marc Jensen, University Outreach
  • Mondays, March 24-May 5 – “Appreciating Photography” – Led by Charles Rushton
  • Tuesdays, March 25-April 15 – “Contemporary American Poetry and Poetic Genres” – Led by Shannon Madden, English
  • Tuesdays, March 25-April 29 – “Understanding the Modern Middle East” – Led by Gershon Lewental, Israel Studies
  • Tuesdays, March 25-April 29 – “iPhone Basics” – Tommy Bui, Information Technology
  • Fridays, March 28-April 25 – “The American Revolution, 1763-1800” – Led by Bryan Rindfleisch, History
  • Mondays, March 31-May 5 – “Post-World War II Aviation History” – Led by Joe Berardo, University Outreach
  • Thursdays, April 3-24 – “Children and Education in French Films” – Led by Dinah Stillman, Modern Languages
  • Wednesdays, April 9-30 – “The Bright Side of Media” – Led by Kathryn Lookadoo, Communication
  • Wednesdays, April 9-30 – “Religion in the American Civil War” – Led by Walker Robbins, Religious Studies
  • Thursdays, April 10-May 1 – “Charles Dickens: Realism, Romanticism and Social Critique” – Led by Jerry Stinnett, English

Each seminar runs at a different time and costs $35. Seminars at the OU Health Sciences Center will be held in the Samis Education Building, while those on the Norman Campus will be in the OCCE Forum Building. 

Mornings with the Professor This informal lecture series held on Tuesday mornings is led by some of OU’s most interesting faculty members. Over a cup of coffee, these instructors discuss a favorite subject with participants. The following lectures are coming soon:

  • Feb. 11 – “Heartland Tobacco War” – Led by Michael Givel
  • March 11 – “Keep Calm, You’re in Oklahoma” – Led by Jami Boettcher, National Weather Service
  • May 6 – “Tracking Art Forgery and Theft through Fact and Fiction” – Led by Rhonda Harris Taylor and Nancy L. Bluemel
  • May 13 – “The Mystery of Shakespeare” – Led by Gordon Greene

Held in the OCCE Forum Building, each lecture costs $5 and runs from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the dates listed above. 

OU Book Club The OU Book Club is a long-running and extremely popular program of OLLI at OU. The club is led by Kyle Harper, Classics and Letters associate professor and senior vice provost; Ralph Doty, Classics and Letters professor; David Anderson, English assistant professor; and Lee Green-Hall, Religious Studies adjunct professor. Upcoming dates for the OU Book Club are the following:

  • March 6 – Too Late for Phalarope
  • April 3 – Religion for Atheists
  • May 1 – Aenied

Each book club is held 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the days listed in the OCCE Forum Building. 

OLLIFEST Participants at OLLIFEST can view independent films at Tulsa’s multi-screen historic theater, Circle Cinema, participate in instructor-led discussions of the films and enjoy catered lunches over the two-day event. OLLIFEST will be Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21. For more information, contact the OLLI office at (405)325-3488.

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James Young

James Young, former student writer