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OLLI at UCLA discussion groups are for members who want to ask questions, offer answers, and share their knowledge in the classroom. Established instructors act as facilitators to create an environment in which participants explore subjects in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation, creative self-expression, and socializing, without the expectation of tests or grades. Depending on the nature of the course, there could be a modest amount of preparation or readings required, and you may be called upon for your insights–members should be ready to participate.

You must be 50 years or older and a current member of OLLI at UCLA to enroll in OLLI discussion group courses. Become a member today.

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GENINT 731.362
Osher (50+). In this course we read powerful short stories that examine African-American issues.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.377
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore Chinese philosophy from the ancient period to the modern period.
GENINT 711.229
Osher (50+). This discussion course offers an overview of the national and international news of the week. Diversity of views of class members are encouraged.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.281
Osher (50+). In this course, five movies in which Clint Eastwood was both actor and director are screened and discussed.
GENINT 711.375
Osher (50+). In this course, we read eight of the world’s greatest plays, and discuss the changing concept of tragedy from Sophocles to O’Neill. 
GENINT 731.375
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the similarities and differences between Australia and the United States.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.359
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss The Epic of Gilgamesh. 
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.617
Osher (50+). In this course, we read four great works featuring four memorable antiheroes.
GENINT 771.336
Osher (50+). In this course, we view some of the greatest Italian films and analyze how they use the verbal, visual, and visceral art form.
GENINT 721.561
Osher (50+). In this course, we study the plays of great American playwrights including Williams, Miller, and Albee.
GENINT 741.268
Osher (50+).This advanced Spanish conversation course offers students a chance to improve their oral Spanish skills through critical reading of Latin American literature and discussion.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.380
Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss the extent to which music reflects their culture.
GENINT 731.200
Osher (50+). This course offers students with some background of French a chance to develop and practice their language skills in a fun way by one-on-one or small group interaction.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.320
Osher (50+).  In this course, we explore, learn and discuss Jung’s concepts of the collective unconscious and experience the process of working through dream material.
GENINT 721.603
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss classic novels by Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Edith Wharton.
GENINT 721.548
Osher (50+). This course reviews the latest anthology from Short Story Day Africa, Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa (2017). The anthology’s 21 short pieces use creative and evocative approaches to explore the topic of migrations from the past and present.
GENINT 731.364
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss the short stories of four under-the-radar Nobel Laureates.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.368
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss John Cheever's short stories.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.308
Osher (50+). This discussion group examines two poetry collections, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy and The One Hundred Best Poems of All Time.
GENINT 721.801
Osher (50+). This course offers a chance to practice Spanish conversation for those with basic Spanish knowledge.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 741.250
Osher (50+). This conversation course is intended for those with moderate Spanish knowledge.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 715.617
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the history of Sicily from ancient times to the near present.
GENINT 721.502
Osher (50+). In this course we go on a thinking journey into supermetaphysics.
GENINT 731.379
Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss how and why the law touches everything we do, say, think, eat, drive, marry and escape from.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.360
Osher (50+). This course is not just a discussion, but a journey into the four basic questions of life.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.614
Osher (50+). In this course, we follow the general elections campaign and engage in lively discussion.
GENINT 721.602
Osher (50+). In this course, we deepen our understanding of theatre.
GENINT 731.374
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss works written by African-American authors.  
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.357
Osher (50+). In this course we read and discuss three contemporary novels.
Osher (50+). This course introduces and examines contemporary art through videos, guided virtual field trips, and group discussions.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.605
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss classic short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
GENINT 731.367
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Francine Prose's What to Read and Why.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.377
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss three books about women's challenges throughout history.
Format: Remote Instruction
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