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 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

Open

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

Issues in Current Politics

General Interest 741.278

05/04/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Kurt Hohenstein

Why are our current politics so divisive? Why is it so hard to achieve a political consensus? This new course examines a variety of current ... More

Fundamentals of Poker

General Interest 741.290

05/04/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Closed

Konstantinos Palamourdas

Poker has gained much popularity recently and players realize that skill prevails over luck in the long run. What gives the professionals the edge? This ... More

Women and the Italian Renaissance

General Interest 741.281

04/25/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Mary Beth Carosello

Although barred from most forms of artistic training, some women still managed -- with a combination of talent, determination, and luck -- to become well ... More

Acting for Non-Actors

General Interest 721.461

04/15/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Not Available

Richard Sogliuzzo

Given the freedom to work in a supportive, creative environment, all of us can become actors, creating improvised scenes not for Broadway or Hollywood, but ... More

More Short Story Masterpieces

General Interest 741.277

04/12/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Leonard Koff

A look at the European as well as the American short story from the late eighteenth century to the twentieth. What unites these stories are perfections ... More

Why Read Jane Austen in the 21st Century?

General Interest 741.276

04/11/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Not Available

Claire Bellanti

References to the Regency-era novelist, Jane Austen, are everywhere in the popular culture, from movies based on her books to Anime novels. In some cases, ... More

Source Buddhism

General Interest 741.289

04/08/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Vincent Coppola

This course will investigate source Buddhism, going from Siddhartha's search to his sit under the Bodhi tree, through the formation of the three Dharma Seals ... More

Cosmology Astronomy and Space Exploration Part II

Geography 741.269

04/07/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Shelley R. Bonus

The cosmos are alive! The universe is expanding and the rate of the expansion is speeding up. Why? What's causing the acceleration? Did the Big ... More

Life Stories Worth Telling

General Interest 741.287

04/07/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Shelley R. Bonus

As we travel our life's path, our stories are the most precious gifts we can pass on. In this course you'll write them, then share ... More

Motown and Soul: African American Music of the Civil Rights Era and Beyond

General Interest 741.273

04/02/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Alexandra Apolloni

The music of record labels like Motown and Stax, and artists like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and the Supremes provided the soundtrack to ... More

The Gangsters

General Interest 741.274

04/02/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Brandon French

The renowned critic Robert Warshow wrote that the gangster is an emphatic No! to America’s Boy Scout optimism, an anarchic spirit that asserts that "Whatever ... More

The Seventeenth Century as the Age of Genius

General Interest 741.275

04/02/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

David Byrne

The seventeenth century has been called the Age of Genius. In this course we study the ideas of such luminaries as Galileo, Descartes, Newton, Locke, ... More

Journey through the Hebrew Calendar

General Interest 741.283

04/02/2015

Spring 2015

Sherman Oaks

Not Available

Marganit Lish

Take a learning tour through the annual cycle of the calendar. Learn about the calendar components, and detailed information about each holiday observance. More

Love, Murder, and Mayhem

General Interest 741.266

04/01/2015

Spring 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Brandon French

From their outset in the 1890's, American movies have liked to mix it up: bloodier battles, more passionate kisses, trains that crash head-on, guns that ... More

Coming to Terms with the Holocaust, Part VI: Europe in Flames

General Interest 741.271

04/01/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Steve Sohmer

Wherever the Nazis conquered, their plan for Jews was the same: total annihilation. But each captive nation had its own unique language, culture and heritage. ... More

The Life and Works of Johann Sebastian Bach

General Interest 741.272

04/01/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Alexandra Grabarchuk

J.S. Bach (1685-1750), a German composer of the Baroque period, composed in many established musical forms, including, for example, the cantata and fugue, and developed ... More

4 Must-Reads for the Serious (or Not-So-Serious) Foodie, Part II

General Interest 741.267

03/31/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Carlo Coppola

Building on Part 1, this course is a lively inquiry into food history from 4 more must-reads. Margaret Visser relates how we became civilized at ... More

Literary Spanish

General Interest 741.268

03/31/2015

Spring 2015

Westwood

Open

Emilia Chuquin

This intermediate-advanced course is designed for students who want to improve their oral skills in Spanish. This course will use powerful and authentic Spanish language ... More

Defining Roles: Great Singers and the History of Opera

General Interest 741.282

03/30/2015

Spring 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Alexandra Apolloni

While most opera history courses focus on the composers, this course tells the stories of the singers who shaped the trajectory of opera. We begin ... More

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