OLLI Senior Seminars for November 2022

OLLI Senior Seminars for November 2022

With the weather finally turning cooler and the end of the fall semester in sight, OLLI is easing the transition into the holiday season with four new courses starting in November. Each course will take place either in person or online via Zoom and will explore a topic in health, history, political science, or technology.

OLLI courses typically run for four to six weeks, meeting for about two hours at a time, offering seniors an experience similar to traditional OU courses. Each course is led by one of OU’s top professors, giving seniors the chance to engage with fun, educational, and inspiring concepts with people of a similar age.

OLLI courses tend to fill up quickly, and many are known to sell out, so be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot. For information about course availability, please contact OLLI directly at (405) 325-3488.


November 2022 Senior Seminars


Things That Go Bump in the Night

Timothy Jones


November 1–22

3–4:30 p.m.

Online (Zoom)

People have been attempting to explain the unknown ever since humans came into existence. The intersection of science and myth, where fact meets folklore, is interesting. This class will consider the origins of vampires, werewolves, and zombies and examine how science also has attempted to account for these mythic beings.


A Smaller and More Dangerous World: From Prague August 20, 1968, to Ukraine February 22, 2022

Cal Hobson


November 7–28

1–3:30 p.m.

In-person (Norman)



November 3–December 1

1–3:30 p.m.

In-person (OKC)

*No class November 24.

In this course, I will take advantage of the great pool of intellectual talent currently teaching and researching within the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Scholars from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other postings will join us and present their views, opinions, and life experiences before arriving to teach in Norman at Oklahoma’s flagship university.

I use Prague as a starting point for this class due to the similarity it has with what is occurring now in Ukraine, but also as a reminder to myself of where I was and what I was doing during the summer of 1968, undoubtedly the most intriguing and challenging year of my life.

I’m sure many of our OLLI students, most being of a certain age, will have similar tales to share, so please do enroll in this unique, different, and hopefully enlightening trip down our world’s international memory lane of the last 50+ years.


Get up and Move!

Brian Pribble


November 8–29

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Online (Zoom)

Get Up and Move! will be an online class featuring a guided exercise routine delivered by a member of the HES department. Students in the class will be encouraged to follow along with the instructor from their home as they learn how to safely exercise at home with minimal equipment. Each session will be one hour in length and will include a series of warmups, exercises, and cooldowns. A brief educational segment at the end of each session will be included.


Looking Ahead: iOS 16

Jeremy Hessman


November 10 and 17

9:30–11 a.m.


This will be a special short course for OLLI members to familiarize themselves with iOS 16 upon its release with help from Jeremy Hessman.

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Myk Mahaffey

Michael Mahaffey holds degrees in journalism and psychology. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing for print and digital publications, including award-winning coverage of the rodeo industry. In his spare time, he writes fiction, in addition to tinkering with graphic design and photography.