Spring is almost here, and with it comes five new OLLI Senior Seminars that start in March. With courses covering a wide array of interest areas—from understanding grief to studies of painting, musical theater, literature and meditation techniques—there has never been a better time to be an OLLI member.
OLLI’s Senior Seminar courses are led by some of OU’s top professors. Courses are educational, fun and inspiring and meet for four to six weeks, for two hours at a time. Each course offers adult learners a friendly environment in which they can join other participants of a similar age in the exploration of new topics and concepts.
Many OLLI courses have been known to sell out. Please contact OLLI at (405) 325-3488 for information on course availability. Be sure to sign up before classes are full!
March Senior Seminars
Masterpieces of Impressionist Painting – Section I
Wednesdays – March 6 to 27
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join OU Art History Professor Emeritus Victor Youritzin in an enriching course to explore “Masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting.” He will discuss such artists as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Seurat, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. Professor Youritzin will combine fast-paced lectures and hundreds of slides to help participants increase their ability to analyze, evaluate and appreciate individual works of art.
A second section of this course featuring the same content will start in April.
Understanding Your Grief and Bereavement
Tuesdays – March 26 to April 16
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Grief is a lot more than just feeling sad, and the process of bereavement is something we just don’t get over in three days of a clearly defined process. If a loved one has passed away, and you’d like to learn about the complexities of grief and the process of healing, join OLLI for this informative course. Instructor Eric Vaughn served as a hospice counselor for 14 years and has companioned hundreds through the grieving process from all types of death. Although this course addresses the emotional side of grief, please note that is NOT a support group per se, but a chance to learn from the wisdom of those who didn’t “get over it,” but healed and did get through it.
Broadway, American Musical Theater – “The British Invasion”
Wednesdays – March 27 to May 1
9 a.m. - Noon
This seminar is an adjunct to the series of seminars, Broadway: American Musical Theater, which featured hundreds of video clips that support the historical content. Participants will have the opportunity to watch and discuss the key, complete, filmed productions of some of the most important Broadway shows that exemplify the growth and development of the Broadway Musical genre.
This six-week seminar will feature glorious movie adaptions of: Oliver! (1997), Evita (1996), Le Miz (2012) and Mama Mia! (2008) and live theatre productions of “CATS” (combined presentations from Broadway and London’s Westend) and Phantom of the Opera (Albert Hall 25th Anniversary Presentation).
Thackeray’s Vanity Fair
Lisa A. Seale, English, OU Extended Campus
Wednesdays – March 27 to May 1
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, published in the same year as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights (1847), brought us the charming, scheming anti-heroine Becky Sharp. It went on to inspire many a film and mini-series, excerpts of which participants will watch to compare Thackeray’s 19th-century views of his heroine (and, through her, the society he satirizes), with those of the 20th and 21st centuries. Please read the book in advance (the course will be using the Oxford World Classics edition).
Survey and Comparison of Taoist, Buddhist and Vedanta Meditation Methods
Thursdays – March 28 to May 2
2 - 4 p.m.
This course will examine the major lines of thinking of these three world philosophies and draw out the similarities of meditation goals and methods from the received wisdom. Classes will include PowerPoint presentations on related cultural and theoretical background information interspersed with instructor-led short periods of meditation practicum.
Contact OLLI at (405) 325-3488 for information about registering for OLLI courses or becoming an OLLI member, and be sure to check back for more information about courses that will be offered in the coming months.