Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW Opens Registration for Spring 2013 Classes

OLLI Spring 2013 Program Catalog

Friday, December 21, 2012

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW will offer classes and other educational opportunities in a range of diverse topics, including ecology, history, global studies, religion and foreign languages.

Delve into OLLI’s Spring 2013 catalog – preview options now, and register online beginning Jan. 3, 2013, at www.uncw.edu/olli or by phone at 910-962-3195.

Print catalogs will be mailed to current OLLI members the first week of January. Catalogs are also available at area libraries and the OLLI office, 620 South College Road, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OLLI also invites members and guests to mark their calendars for the spring 2013 kick-off celebration, 2-4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Burney Center at UNCW.  The event at the OLLI office is free, but space is limited and registration is required at www.uncw.edu/olli.  

OLLI experiences are geared to those over the age of 50, though programs are open to learners of all ages.  OLLI Lifelong Learner memberships are available for $30 a semester or $50 for the academic year.  Membership benefits include discounts on all programs, invitations to members-only events, Randall Library privileges and updates on special UNCW events.  

Among the more than 60 options available this spring are Elliot Engel’s presentation “The Rise and Fall of F. Scott Fitzgerald”, a lunch lecture on the Gullah Geechee influence on the Cape Fear region, kayaking trips on the Lumber and Black Rivers, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare live from the Metropolitan Opera.  OLLI also features live broadcasts from London’s National Theatre, as well as a lunch and dinner lecture series, and special interest groups that meet weekly on subjects such as art, nature, education, and politics. 

Academic courses include “Enhancing Life through Positive Psychology,” a global studies series on India, and the OLLI Literary Club, which explores four great literary works.  Active and retired educators, lecturers, and other subject matter experts teach courses. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required for any of the noncredit courses or seminars.

UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning institute is funded through grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, which supports a wide range of educational and cultural initiatives focused on adult learners ages 50+.  Since 2005, the foundation has awarded UNCW’s OLLI program more than $2.25 million to expand its programming, including a second $1 million endowment received in December 2011.  There are currently more than 3,500 OLLI members enrolled through UNCW. 

Media Contact:  Andrea Weaver, UNCW Media Relations, 910-962-7631 or weavera@uncw.edu