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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

American West Influence on Operatic and Broadway Productions of Musical Compositions
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
Film Noir 2: The Femme Fatales of Noir
Florals in Watercolor
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
Mozart: The Man and His Operas
Oil Painting – Beginning
Painted Vacations in Watercolor
Painting From Your Photographs
Pencil, Pen & Ink Drawing – Beginning
Pencil, Pen and Ink – Intermediate
Piano By Ear
Sketching Your World – Beginner
Sketching Your World- Intermediate
The American Western From John Ford to Clint Eastwood
The Zentangle Method
The Zentangle Method II
Watercolor From the Masters
Watermedia Techniques

Events

Friday, 4/6 Hearing Screening
Wednesday, 4/18 Respecting Choices
Monday, 5/21 OLLI Spring Social – Black & White
Senior Adult Literacy Program
Tuesday, 5/22 Wine Appreciation

Finance

“Death and Taxes”
Basics of Estate Planning
Beyond Traditional Long Term Care Insurance
Do I Need an Estate Plan?
Estate Planning and Charitable Giving
Estate Planning for 2nd Marriages
Navigating Your Financial Life
Respecting Choices
Retirement and Social Security
Retirement Income Planning
Retirement, Tax and Estate Planning
Selling on the Internet
Tax Free

Health & Fitness

Fitness for Vitality and Longevity
Gentle Yoga
Hearing Screening
Living Without Pain and Inflammation
Manipulation 101- How to Teach Yourself to Be LESS Manipulated
Pilates Basics
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II
The Labyrinth – A Walking Meditation

History

Airplanes, History and Politics
American Civil War: Facts and Figures
American Revolution and Declaration of Independence
Bourbon 101: An Introduction to the only Truly American Spirit
Civil War – The Atlanta Campaign
Civil War in the Western Theater- Booth
Introduction to Wine – A Journey
Iron Maidens: Iron Warships of the Confederacy
Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
Lincoln: Commander in Chief
Reflections on Elections
Sites of the Atlanta Campaign Tours
Spies, Strategies, and Secret Ways
Spirits of The Great American West
The Early Years: US Involvement in Vietnam 1941-1961
The Guerrilla War in Georgia
The Physics of Hope- Exploring the Universe of Creativity
Vietnam

Languages

Beyond Spanish is Fun
Conversational Spanish
Dissecting the Novel
Dissecting Your Novel- Mystery/Thriller Focused
Dissecting Your Novel- Romance Novel Focused
Great British Novel – Race, Gender, Capitalism and Colonialism in 18th-20th Century Modern Fiction
How to Write Historical Fiction
Introduction to French I
Introduction to French II
Introduction to French III
Introduction to Italian I
Learn Short Fiction From A Pro
Pictures Need Words
Show/Don’t Tell
Soul Coaching
Spring into Spy Stories

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

Leisure

“Tactical Bassin” on a Fly Rod
Basics of eBay Selling
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: Your Genealogy Journey
Jewelry Making – Techniques for Beginners
Mah Jongg
Memoir Writing
Publish Your Own Book
River Cruising for Beginners
The Math Behind the Games

Technology

Basics of Amazon Selling
Communicating Through Social Media
Let s Begin With Computers!
Social Media for Seasoned Adults

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

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Civil War Tours May 5, 12 & 19

OLLI Atlanta Campaign Tours

Spring Social – Black & White

OLLI Atlanta Campaign Tours

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 April – June 2018

Al & Chet Scholarship Application

On Our Blog
Booth Museum Partnership Brings New Courses
Booth Museum
OLLI and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville have partnered to bring brand-new courses to the public beginning in April.  It is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast, the second largest... read more ❯

Learning from the Past
Gerald Flinchum OLLI at KSU instructor
OLLI welcomes Gerald Flinchum who will be teaching three new courses. An avid history buff, he was encouraged by friends and family to share his love with others. “I am passionate about local history and... read more ❯

OLLI Partners with Booth Western Art Museum
American West Exhibit at the Booth Museum
Expanding OLLI’s community outreach will offer more people opportunities they may not have. Just ask Dick Harp, our OLLI director. He shares an exciting announcement about a new program expansion. As many of you may know,... read more ❯

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