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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers an impressive selection of educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older. With a purpose to promote lifelong learning and continued intellectual and personal growth for retirement-age individuals, OLLI has become the place for fun, interactive learning in a safe and encouraging environment.

Curriculum draws from the interests, talents, and experiences of older adult learners. Academic courses are college level (without the homework, term papers, and tests), and cover everything from personal computers to fitness for life and visual arts. Social activities include various gatherings for dinner, laughter, and entertainment.

Our Courses and Events

Art & Music

Art & Music

Animation Appreciation
Art History: An Exploration of the Secret Language Hidden Within Sacred Architecture
Beginning Watercolor
Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Classic Film Comedy Teams
Classic Film Westerns- Part 2
Color Theory for the Artist
Drawing a Portrait
Drawing FUNdamentals
Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil
From Stage to Screen: Broadway Musicals that Became Film Classics Part 1, 1936-1965
Gouache Painting
Instant Piano
Jewelry Making – More Techniques
Legends and Basic Playing of the Native American Flutes
Let’s Go Outside and Paint – Successful Methods of Plein Air Painting
Make Your Handmade Holiday Cards
Making Flowers
Mozart: The Man and His Operas
Oil Painting – Beginning
Painted Vacations in Watercolor
Painting From Your Photographs
Painting Gemstones
Pencil, Pen & Ink Drawing – Beginning
Pencil, Pen and Ink – Intermediate
Piano By Ear
Russian Romp Through History- Film Studies
Sketching Your World – Beginner
Sketching Your World- Intermediate
Story Telling with Illustration
The History of the Mystery- The Super Sleuths
The Joy of Singing
The Zentangle Method
The Zentangle Method II
Three French Painters and the Challenge to Create
Watercolor From the Masters
Watermedia Techniques
Working BIG with Acrylics
Write your Life Story – Soleil


OLLI Fall Social
OLLI Sampler
Senior Adult Literacy Program


“Death and Taxes”
Basics of Estate Planning
Beyond Traditional Long Term Care Insurance
Estate Planning and Charitable Giving
Estate Planning for 2nd Marriages
Estate Planning for Your IRA
Navigating Your Financial Life
Retirement and Social Security
Retirement Income Planning
Retirement, Tax and Estate Planning
Selling on the Internet
Understanding Medicare

Health & Fitness

Fitness for Vitality and Longevity
Gentle Yoga
Pilates Basics
Preparing for the Expected and the Unexpected!
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II
The Labyrinth – A Walking Meditation


Airplanes, History and Politics
American Civil War: Facts and Figures
Bourbon 101: An Introduction to the only Truly American Spirit
Civil War – The Atlanta Campaign
Cowboys, Indians and Others
Holiday Wines
Iron Maidens: Iron Warships of the Confederacy
Mapping the World from Ancient to Modern Times
Native American Voices from the Northern Plains
Permanent Monuments to America’s History
Reflections on Elections
Spies, Strategies, and Secret Ways
Technology in the Civil War
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Civil War in the Far West
The Civil War in the Far West- Booth
The Creative Universe
The Early Years: US Involvement in Vietnam 1941-1961
The Guerrilla War in Georgia
The Physics of Hope- Exploring the Universe of Creativity
The Rise of Modern Russia


Advanced Spanish Conversation
Beyond Spanish is Fun
Character Development
Conversational Spanish
Dissecting the Novel
Easy Spanish Conversation
Great British Novel – Race, Gender, Capitalism and Colonialism in 18th-20th Century Modern Fiction
Introduction to French I
Introduction to French II
Introduction to French III
Introduction to French IV
Introduction to Italian II
Learn Short Fiction From A Pro
Oil Painting – Beginning
Pictures Need Words
Show/Don’t Tell
Writing Memoir with a Western Flair

OLLI ScholarOLLI Scholar Spanish Certificate
Spanish is Fun! Part I
Spanish is Fun! Part II
Spanish is Fun! Part III
Spanish Is Fun! Part IV


An Introduction to Card Games
Astronomy – What’s Out There?
Basics of eBay Selling
Beginning Knitting
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part I
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part II – Play of the Hand
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part III- Defense
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part IV – Bidding Conventions
Building Blocks Sampler
Creative Writing
Digital Photography – Introduction
Exploring Your Ancestors: Taking Your Research Online & Evaluating Genealogy Software
Exploring Your Ancestors: Your Genealogy Journey
Jewelry Making – Techniques for Beginners
Let’s Go Travel
Mah Jongg
Memoir Writing
Publish Your Own Book
River Cruising for Beginners


Basics of Amazon Selling
Beginning Basics of Microsoft Excel
Communicating Through Social Media
Get to Know and Love Your iPad
Get to Know and Love Your iPhone
Let s Begin With Computers!
Microsoft PowerPoint
Social Media for Seasoned Adults

OLLI ScholarOLLI Scholar Computer Certificate
Introduction to PCs
Windows 10
Microsoft Word
Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer



OLLI Club Room Membership

Membership privileges include free coffee, free Internet-connected computer usage, 10% off any OLLI class (except when noted otherwise), regularly-scheduled Bridge games and Bridge Marathons, and access to a special members’ only area of KSU Center and OLLI Library. For more information, contact Pat Walker at 470-578-3508.

OLLI Catalog/Newsletter July – September 2018

Al & Chet Scholarship Application

On Our Blog
A Beginner’s Guide to Zentangle Design
Lynn Fisher KSU OLLI art instructor
Zentangle, the art of creating images using structured patterns, is one of our newest OLLI offerings. Lynn Fisher teaches two levels of this course: one for beginners and another more advanced. Learn more about how... read more ❯

How-to: Yoga Poses and Pilates Exercises
Emily Berreth KSU OLLI yoga and Pilates instructor
Yoga and Pilates, courses taught by KSU instructor Emily Berreth, are two exercise methods that merge physical and mental health. Emily has been teaching the courses for eight years and also has a course that... read more ❯

Dick Harp Signs Off
Dick Harp
After nearly 20 years as our OLLI director, Dick Harp has announced his retirement. He took a moment to reflect on an amazing ride of life-changing and enriching experiences. After much thought, and a great deal... read more ❯

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