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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A Survey of Summer Movie Hits

General Interest 711.247

09/04/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Paris Poirier

Often regarded as "the season of schlock" for films, summer releases can be surprisingly sophisticated, edifying, and entertaining. Many of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, such as ... More

Drive-In Movie Favorites

General Interest 711.248

09/04/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Paris Poirier

While the economy was drowning in the depths of The Great Depression, the movie industry was quite buoyant. So much so, that the drive-in movie ... More

Go Digital: Understanding Technology and Putting It to Practical Use

General Interest 711.244

08/23/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Charles Hollins

The personal computer emerged decades ago as a powerful tool, and today we live in a new age of digital technology. The focus has shifted ... More

The Reality of Science Fiction

General Interest 711.245

08/23/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Charles Hollins

Explore the latest trends in science and technology through the lens of science fiction. This workshop uses scenes from several films and television shows to ... More

Science in the News

Gender Studies 711.243

08/20/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Marc Milstein

Find out about the latest scientific research that is currently in the news as well as some incredible research that will be tomorrow's headlines. Topics ... More

Poetry Appreciation

General Interest 741.244

08/09/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Robert Krut

Poetry can often seem like an abstract puzzle to decipher instead of something to read, appreciate, and feel. Through this 2-day seminar, students take a ... More

Dream Workshop

General Interest 711.246

08/08/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Sharon Johnson

Dreams are the psyche's way of giving us information about ourselves through images and symbols. We dream every night, but may not recollect them when ... More

Hopes, Dreams, and All That Jazz: Celebrating the Richness and Diversity of Musicals

General Interest 711.226

08/05/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Barry Bortnick

From a steady interest in--and ticket demand for--the revival of great musicals from the past to the blockbuster success of such recent shows as Book ... More

1914: The Year That Ended World Peace

General Interest 711.242

07/29/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Edmund K. (Ted) Bennett

The century after the Napoleonic wars ended in 1815 had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. ... More

Fundamentals of Chess

General Interest 711.250

07/24/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Konstantinos Palamourdas

Chess is one of the oldest and most popular competitive strategy games in the world. Its beauty lies in its deceptive simplicity: only a few ... More

Around the World: Mexico!

General Interest 711.231

07/11/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Robert A. Chavez Jr.

Our "Around The World" series allows participants to explore an exciting foreign culture without ever leaving Los Angeles. The series features a new country every ... More

Basic Hebrew

General Interest 711.241

07/07/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Marganit Lish

Learn the basics of Modern Hebrew, including how to greet, tell time, quote an address, use the calendar, shop, and dine. All instructional materials are ... More

What Is Existentialism?

General Interest 711.230

07/01/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Vincent Coppola

Have you ever wanted to know what exactly Existentialism is? This course looks at Kierkegaard, Buber, Marcel, Jaspers, Frankl, and even those philosophers who did ... More

Comparative Cinematic Pop Culture

General Interest 711.233

07/01/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Vanz Chapman

Our mission with this course is to pair a classic film with a contemporary counterpart and determine if the artist's vision is realized and whether ... More

Dostoevsky: Major Novels

General Interest 711.240

06/29/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Leonard Koff

Regarded as one of the greatest, most influential novelists of European culture, Dostoevsky assesses human psychology--dark motives, criminal acts, redemptive gestures--in the context of social ... More

Music in Context: The 20th Century

General Interest 711.249

06/27/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Barbara Moroncini

Unlike preceding historical periods, the 20th century witnessed a plethora of coexisting styles, reflecting the rapidly moving intellectual trends and technological advances of the time. ... More

The Age of Reason

General Interest 711.232

06/26/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Greg Thompson

Philosophical and intellectual thought in late 17th century Europe began to de-emphasize and challenge the notion of truth based on ancient and medieval tradition. These ... More

Trade, Money, and Medieval Europe: From The Dark Ages to the Enlightenment

General Interest 731.238

06/26/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Greg Thompson

From the early Middle Ages to the late 18th century, trade, markets, and money (coinage) evolved during great social and economic change in Europe. This ... More

Advanced French for Travelers

General Interest 711.239

06/26/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Ruth Anne Gooley

Intended for students with some knowledge of French, this course reviews the basics of French language and culture, and introduces more complicated forms of the ... More

Aging in Drama

General Interest 711.227

06/25/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Richard Sogliuzzo

This discussion group provides greater insight into the process of aging and its effects on the individual by studying selected works of great classical and ... More

Jousting with Modernity: 20th- and 21st-Century Muslim Writers

General Interest 711.235

06/25/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Carlo Coppola

Explore the works of a select, diverse group of modern Muslim writers who have asserted their artistic, social, political, and religious views into their work. ... More

Cultural Impacts of Italian-Americans

General Interest 711.236

06/25/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Vincent Coppola

The contribution of Italian-Americans in the fields of cinema, literature, philosophy, and music has been woven into American culture. This course examines the films of ... More

The History of Cake

General Interest 711.237

06/25/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Linda Civitello

Cake as we know it bears little resemblance to cake from before the nineteenth century. Modern American cakes are not only centerpieces of celebrations; they ... More

Energy and Climate in the News

General Interest 711.228

06/23/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Thomas Flood

News media and the web are inundated with stories about extreme weather, fracking, renewable energy, tight oil, droughts, Fukushima, and so on. These stories are ... More

Current Events: Understanding Our World

General Interest 711.229

06/23/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Myrna Hant

This facilitated discussion group focuses on the news of the week. Participants share articles and opinions that pertain to what's happening of importance both in ... More

Our Campaign Finance System

General Interest 711.234

06/23/2014

Summer 2014

Westwood

Open

Kurt Hohenstein

How Americans finance their campaigns has recently become a controversial and contested issue. This course details the history of our campaign finance system and connects ... More

The Republican Conventions

General Interest 741.265

06/16/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

A fascinating hour of historical recollection and analysis of Republican conventions offers a clearly defined look at the conventions of the '20s, an analysis of ... More

Five Presidents on the Presidency

General Interest 741.264

06/09/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

Five past presidents, Truman Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, discussed their thoughts and feelings about the presidency with CBS correspondent Eric Sevareid. Segments of these ... More

10 Men and the Vietnam War

General Interest 741.241

06/04/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Chi Do

Who were the key decision makers responsible for the protracted Vietnam War and what were their missed opportunities to achieve peace? This course looks back ... More

Sen. Joseph McCarthy: Rebuttal - See it Now

General Interest 741.263

06/02/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Perry Wolff

Edward R. Murrow may not have scored the first blow against Joseph McCarthy, but he landed a decisive one. For that, he always will be ... More

Human Communication

General Interest 741.245

05/29/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Gerald Binder

Expressing ourselves is an integral part of our everyday lives. In this course we focus on how and why we communicate and make communication choices. ... More

The Jewish People and America in the 20th Century III

General Interest 741.246

05/29/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Gerald Binder

The journey of discovery and learning continues in Part III with a further exploration into the relationship between a wandering people and a golden land. ... More

Intermediate French for Travelers

Humanities 741.244

05/08/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Ruth Anne Gooley

Intended for students with some knowledge of French, this course covers the basics of French language and culture through real situations and imagined scenarios. The ... More

Italian Composers: Tradition vs. Innovation

General Interest 741.243

04/25/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Barbara Moroncini

Against the backdrop of monasteries and courts, Italy during the Renaissance gave birth to opera. Since then, the legacy of tradition has clashed with the ... More

Simplifying Your Life: When Less is More

General Interest 741.256

04/24/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Closed

Laurie Brenner

As we move through our lives, most of us collect things in the form of possessions. At the same time, we acquire habits, routines, thought ... More

The Art of Preserving Family Stories

General Interest 741.251

04/22/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Shelley R. Bonus

Whether you had a self-made grandparent who left you all of his money or bequeathed his fortune to the granddaughter who nobody knew existed, or ... More

Real Life Spanish Conversation

General Interest 741.250

04/11/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Amparo Vanni

Building upon skills learned in our OLLI Spanish classes, this Spanish conversation course allows members to practice their fluency with other members under an instructor's ... More

Psychological Issues of Aging

General Interest 741.248

04/07/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Closed

John Snibbe

Seniors and retirees face many psychological challenges as they transition into their later years. This non-traditional, non-lecture based course examines such issues as continuing or ... More

Poet Laureates of America

General Interest 741.253

04/07/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Closed

Keven Bellows

The most celebrated American poets are appointed by the Library of Congress to serve as poetry's ambassadors. The laureates are young and old, men and ... More

The American Short Story: 20th Century

General Interest 741.242

04/06/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Leonard Koff

A focused look at American short stories from the twentieth century, tracing the distinctive American nature of the short story: its American themes and values, ... More

'66 Sunset Strip: The Role of Mid-Century Los Angeles Pop in the Sociocultural Revolution of the 1960s

General Interest 741.252

04/05/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Not Available

Domenic Priore

Travel back in time to visit a unique period in Los Angeles history: Sunset Strip, 1966. Join L.A. native Domenic Priore, a published expert on ... More

The Art of the Italian Baroque

General Interest 741.240

04/04/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Not Available

Mary Beth Carosello

Explore the power, propaganda, and theatricality of Italian art in the 1600s. We begin in Counter-Reformation Rome, with Caravaggio and his followers, the Carracci family, ... More

Around the World: India

General Interest 741.247

04/04/2014

Spring 2014

Westwood

Open

Carlo Coppola

Our "Around The World" series allows participants to explore an exciting foreign culture without ever leaving Los Angeles. The series features a new country every ... More