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OLLI at UCLA lecture courses are taught by the high-caliber instructors and guest speakers for which UCLA Extension is world-renowned. Our courses explore art, music, literature, history, science, languages, psychology, current events, and many other exciting fields. There are no tests, grades, or homework, though some courses include readings. 

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

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GENINT 715.615
Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss the key races in the 2020 November elections. Expert guest speakers will provide their insights.
GENINT 721.527
Osher (50+). This course provides a brief overview of the major highlights and styles that emerged in Britain from 1769 to the 20th century.
GENINT 721.601
Osher (50+). In this course, we read selected short stories, as well as excerpts from an epic poem and play.
GENINT 741.302
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the generation of artists following the Impressionists and their impact on the world of art.
GENINT 731.274
Osher (50+). In this course we explore bone composition and disorders, as well as the long life of bones as historical markers. 
GENINT 731.366
Osher (50+). This course explores artists during their classic period, the point at which they created their most inspired works, what got them there, and what kept them there for those years.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.317
Osher (50+) This course provide an overview of the musical journey that covers one hundred years of jazz, from classic artists to fusion jazz, new age, and contemporary.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.363
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the California architects from the early and mid-20th century.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.369
Osher (50+). This course gives an overview of modern art dealers beginning with Paul Durand-Ruel.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.132
Osher (50+). This course examines three types of mental illnesses: mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and anxiety; as well as issues of dementia, including Alzheimers. Instruction emphasizes current treatments.
GENINT 721.228
Osher (50+). This course examines four types of mental illnesses: eating disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, suicide including a review of suicide attempters, completers, prediction, and an assessment of suicidal lethality.
GENINT 711.335
Osher (50)+.  This course presents an exciting collection of short stories from a variety of 20th century American authors.  All stories are read critically as well as appreciated in class discussions.
GENINT 741.390
Osher (50+). In this course, an anthology of the best short movies are screened and discussed.
Osher (50+). This current events lecture series features a different speaker each week.  Guest speakers are experts in their field who provide a one-hour lecture followed by a thirty-minute Q&A.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.336
Osher (50+). In this course, we watch full-length movies and discuss race relations.
GENINT 731.239
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the Los Angeles jazz scene in the 1950s.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.608
Osher (50+). In this course, we study the history of chamber music, beginning with the baroque period.
GENINT 731.314
Osher (50+). This course serves as an introduction to the colonial period in American History as it examines the social, cultural, economic, and political changes that occurred in North America before 1750.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.440
Osher (50+). In this course we look at the history of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism.
GENDER 731.183
Osher (50+). This course explores the experiences of the eyewitnesses to the Holocaust.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.556
Osher (50+). This course explores a wide variety of conservation challenges, with an emphasis on human-environment interactions and their implications for biodiversity, ecosystems, and individual species.
GENINT 721.491
Osher (50+). This course reviews what we already know about the universe, theories about the origin of the universe, and the latest cosmic discoveries and space news.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.567
Osher (50+). In this course, we learn about the discoveries and inventions of some of the greatest scientists throughout history.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.611
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the history of American society through the lens of the popular arts.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 741.382
Osher (50+). In this course, we watch and discuss six love movies.
GENINT 721.541
Osher (50+). This course screens five great romance movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Movies feature stars such as Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman. Each film is viewed and discussed for romantic style.
GENINT 711.302
Osher (50+). In this course we explore the concepts, customs, and history of Hinduism.
GENINT 715.616
Osher (50+). In this course we explore the history of the Louvre and focus on some of its most renown works of art. 
GENINT 714.319
Osher (50+). This course explores the history of the chocolate industry since the 1840s.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.376
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore improvisation practices at different time periods in classical music.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.371
Osher (50+). This course explores the music of Segovia with recordings, films, documentaries, books, and in-class performances of selected works.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.370
Osher (50+). This course explores the development and teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. 
Format: Online
GENINT 731.237
Osher (50+). This course surveys the works of Mozart in the context of his life and times.
GENINT 721.619
Osher (50+). In this course, we discuss the work of eight artists, whose music is relatively unknown but shouldn't be.
GENINT 711.282
Osher (50+). This course explores mystical religions in eastern and western traditions.
GENINT 714.324
Osher (50+). This course explores the music of the 1960s.
GENINT 711.370
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Russian literature from the early 19th century to the fall of the Soviet Union.
GENINT 711.353
Osher (50+). In this course we look at how the nineteenth amendment was adopted and the women who made it happen.
GENINT 711.376
Osher (50+). In this course we cover the life and music of Joni Mitchell.
GENINT 711.207
Osher (50+). This course introduces students to the essential conversational Spanish needed to communicate in everyday life. 
GENINT 731.210
Osher (50+). This course is a continuation of Spanish I.
GENINT 731.140
Osher (50+). This course is a continuation of Spanish II.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.268
Osher (50+). This course introduces students to the background, context, discovery, invention, and history of 6 of the most important human food commodities on the planet.
GENINT 741.395
Osher (50+). This course explores practical methods of generating positive emotions and loving connections.
GENINT 721.616
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore some of the most celebrated classical guitar pieces with a focus on analysis and live performance.
GENINT 731.236
Osher (50+). In this course, we look at how impressionists rebelled against the standards of the day to emerge as some of the most influential and beloved artists of all time. We explore their style and inspirations as well as look into their intertwined lives.
GENINT 714.326
Osher (50+). This course rediscovers the artists from the Big Band Era (roughly the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s) as well as their arrangers, who created the illusion of improvisation with their carefully prepared pieces of chord voicings, approaches to scale patterns, and the like.
GENINT 741.318
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the history of the blues and how it led to rock & roll.
GENINT 741.378
Osher (50+).  This course provides an overview of the formative period of the United States.
GENINT 711.254
Osher (50+). This course follows the evolution of jazz from the turn of the last century into the 21st century.
GENINT 721.553
Osher (50+). In this course, we meet the men and women whose contributions and dedication provided the foundation for major scientific discoveries, from Copernicus and Galileo, to the scientists of today.
GENINT 721.604
Osher (50+). This course takes a look at great American music of the 20th century. Songwriters and performing artists who have influenced American music are reviewed and discussed. 
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.293
Osher (50+). This course examines how a variety of the most famous jazz singers from the 1930's through the close of the 20th century charted the interpretation of the jazz vocal.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.294
Osher (50+). This course gives an overview of the various avant-garde artistic movements and those who created them following Impressionism including Fauvism, Cubism, Orphism, Expressionism, and Futurism.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 741.272
Osher (50+). This course explores Bach's life and works within the cultural and historical context of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
GENINT 711.363
Osher (50+).  In this course, we read and discuss international short stories. 
GENINT 711.364
Osher (50+).  In this course, we read and discuss international short stories.            
GENINT 711.315
Osher (50+). In this course, we continue reading short stories by international authors.
GENINT 711.331
Osher (50+). This course is a continuation of the reading and discussion of short stories by a wide variety of international writers. The suggested text is The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 731.372
Osher (50+). In this course, we listen to and analyze famous works by Schubert.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.504
Osher (50+). In this course we study the music of Stravinsky.  
GENINT 731.373
Osher (50+). This course explores music not previously covered, including more unusual and obscure works by Bach.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.371
Osher (50+). In this course we study the musical compositions of Jean Sibelius.
GENINT 741.293
Osher (50+). This course explores the fanciful lore behind food names.
Format: Remote Instruction
Osher (50+).  This course introduces you to the elements of plays and will show you how they these artistic creations can inform and even transform lives.  Scenes are performed by professional actors.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.534
Osher (50+). An advanced exploration of the origins of cacao and chocolate, and its chemical (and other ingredient) content in 70% and above artisan chocolate.
GENINT 741.298
Osher (50+). This course has the temerity to claim humor is an art form, then try to prove it by looking at what it is and how it works--the history, mythology, anthropology, biology, psychology, philosophy, and even theology of comedy.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 711.369
Osher (50+). In this course, we view and discuss selected operas from the 17th and 18th centuries.
GENINT 731.256
Osher (50+). This course explores American art during the nation's first two centuries.  
GENINT 721.609
Osher (50+). In this course, we delve into the psychological characteristics of shooters, as well as gun rights, the legal system, and law enforcement.
Format: Remote Instruction
GENINT 721.607
Osher (50+). In this course, we delve into the genre of the violin concerto, from its beginning in the baroque period.
GENINT 741.204
Osher (50+). This course explores Mozart’s final decade, when he wrote four operas for his own personal delight.
GENINT 741.389
Osher (50+). The second of a two-part series, this literature course explores the work of George Orwell (Eric Blair).
GENINT 721.610
Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the work and influence of 20th century women architects and designers. 
GENINT 711.205
Osher (50+). This course explores the role of women and the feminine sacred in religion since the prehistoric era.
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