Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCLA

Join our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and become part of a community of dynamic adults 50 and above who are interested in the sheer joy of learning. OLLI experiences are geared to your lifestyle. You can choose from short format daytime courses led by instructors or weekly peer-led study groups for in-depth discussion.

Special insider events and opportunities to learn, discuss, and socialize expose our members to fascinating topics—all without tests or grades. Courses meet in Westwood, Sherman Oaks, and Hollywood.

For more information call (310) 825-7093.

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The Road to Paradise: The Arrival of Buddhism in Japan

General Interest 711.266

08/08/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Stuart Wilson

In the 6th century, Buddhism arrived in Japan, a country with a well-established religious tradition, the Shinto faith. During the next 500 years, Buddhism was ... More

Pre-Raphaelites

General Interest 711.265

08/01/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Katherine Zoraster

Rebelling against the conservative standards of the British Royal Academy, the art Pre-Rapahelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848 with the aim of creating a new ... More

Magic with Everyday Objects

General Interest 711.268

07/15/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Thomas Ogden

OLLI at UCLA Extension can be your own private Hogwarts as you learn entry-level sleight-of-hand, from "self-working" tricks to easy-to-master routines. By course's end, you'll ... More

American Gothic Tales

General Interest 711.264

06/28/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Leonard Koff

Gothic fiction, for which there is a continuous literary history in America, describes a world where forbidden impulses are freed from psychic repressions and nature’s ... More

Your Life As Story

General Interest 711.267

06/28/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Tristine Rainer

Many of us have enough life experience for several memoirs and need help deciding what to keep, what to leave out, and where to focus. ... More

Beethoven

General Interest 711.262

06/26/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Ryan Rowen

Ludwig van Beethoven not only left his mark on all subsequent composers but shaped the way many societies have thought about music. This course draws ... More

Art of the French Revolution: Baroque to Romanticism

General Interest 711.261

06/25/2015

Summer 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Katherine Zoraster

In late 17th century and 18th century France, art was used as a powerful tool by the ruling class and others seeking power and change. ... More

Summer Love at the Movies

General Interest 711.263

06/25/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Brandon French

Love comes in as many flavors as ice cream on a hot summer day, and spans cultures, races, and classes. This course explore memorable love ... More

Shakespeare for Beginners and Experts

General Interest 711.259

06/24/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Steve Sohmer

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest author of plays and poems in the English language. What is not widely recognized is that he ... More

Eight Excellent Films You May Have Missed

General Interest 711.260

06/24/2015

Summer 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Brandon French

There are some films, perhaps guilty pleasures, that are too good to miss but which may have slipped past you for one reason or another. ... More

The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective

General Interest 751.257

06/23/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Carlo Coppola

A reading of approximately 25-30 short stories carefully chosen as summer fare -- some sad, some satirical, some disturbing, some humorous--from editor and influential publishing ... More

From Tin Pan Alley to iTunes: A Social History of the American Music Business

General Interest 751.258

06/23/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Alexandra Apolloni

Over the past 100+ years, there have been huge shifts in how music has been produced, marketed, and sold, all of which have changed how ... More

The Evolution of Jazz

General Interest 711.254

06/22/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Patrick Collins

Jazz came out of a mixture of blues, ragtime, brass-band and syncopated dance music in New Orleans at the turn of the last century; and ... More

Pre-Code Movies and Prohibition

General Interest 711.255

06/22/2015

Summer 2015

Westwood

Open

Maria Siciliano

In 1929, the Roaring Twenties came to a crashing end with the onset of the Great Depression. Prohibition was still in effect, and in Hollywood, ... More

Women in American Popular Music, 1900s-1960s

General Interest 751.256

06/22/2015

Summer 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Alexandra Apolloni

Women and girls have played crucial roles in the history of American popular music, but too often, their stories have gone untold. This class explores ... More

The Japanese (1969)

General Interest 741.292

06/18/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

A look at Japan and its people through the eyes of former U.S. Ambassador Edwin Reischauer. The Imai family is shown at home, at work, ... More

The Italians (1967)

General Interest 741.288

06/11/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

This documentary was freely adapted from Luigi Barzini's book "The Italians." Barzini presides over a selective tour of Italy, discussing the Italian people, their culture, ... More

Our Friends, the French (1966)

General Interest 741.286

06/04/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

A witty exploration of the long relationship between the United States and France. Eric Sevareid’s objected is to find out why, despite officially friendly relations, ... More

Alan Turing: Decoding Enigma, Victory in WWII, and the Dawn of the Digital Age

General Interest 741.284

05/26/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Greg Thompson

Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. But it was his pivotal role in cracking intercepted ... More

The Socratic Dialogues

General Interest 741.291

05/26/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Greg Thompson

What do we make of philosophical claims about truth, knowledge, and virtue? Do we accept the claims of authority, or guide each other to good ... More

Barbra Streisand: A Journey

General Interest 741.279

05/20/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Steve Barri

In 1964, Top 40 radio was dominated by The Beatles, the British Invasion and Motown. However, the best-selling album artist of the year was Barbra ... More

On Dreams and Dreaming

General Interest 741.285

05/16/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Not Available

Michal Aizenman

What are dreams? How do we understand them and what is their function? How do we best utilize them in our lives? This preview course ... More

Beginning French for Travelers, Part 2

General Interest 731.185

05/14/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Ruth Anne Gooley

Geared towards those with a little knowledge of French, this class begins with a review of basic greetings and introductions, numbers and spelling. The class ... More

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