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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Women Composers

General Interest 721.482

11/09/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Alexandra Apolloni

Women have always composed music. Abbess Hildegarde of Bingen's compositions made her an influential figure in the medieval church. Sixteenth century composer-performer Francesca Caccini was ... More

Directed by Women

General Interest 721.483

11/05/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Paris Poirier

Recent concerns over female filmmakers being left out when it comes to nominations for the coveted Best Director Academy Award have put a spotlight on ... More

The Rise of Modernism

General Interest 721.481

11/02/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Katherine Zoraster

The Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century in Europe spawned new technology, new materials, and new methods of art and architecture. This course explores the ... More

Older Women Poets

General Interest 751.255

10/31/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Keven Bellows

This seminar will explore poems about aging in the work of nationally famous poets including May Sarton, Mary Oliver, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maxine Kumin, Louis Gluck, ... More

Disasters: Sociocultural, Psychological and Political Issues

General Interest 721.480

10/28/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

John Snibbe

There has been a revolution in how we view and manage disasters after 9/11. Americans learned from their mistakes and now disaster and risk management ... More

Basketball Villains

General Interest 731.301

10/27/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Tba Tba

When we watch sports we usually root for our local team but do not closely follow other teams. There are teams however that are universally ... More

Islam 101: A Primer

General Interest 721.479

10/27/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Carlo Coppola

An inquiry into the basic tenets of Islam, the fastest-growing religion in the world today. Lectures will be based on established academic, scholarly principles which ... More

A Traveler's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism

General Interest 721.487

10/17/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Don Parris

An armchair trip to the Buddhist Himalayas and an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism in the footsteps of Guru Rinpoche, the eighth century Indian mystic who ... More

History of Magic

General Interest 711.271

10/07/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Thomas Ogden

Although thought of today as a mere popular entertainment, magic had its start at the dawn of civilization as science and religion sought to separate ... More

The Music of Mexico

General Interest 711.270

10/01/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Robert A. Chavez Jr.

The music of México is diverse, full of cultural contrasts influenced mainly by Indigenous music, with many different musical styles and influences. This course studies ... More

Fathers and Mothers and Kids, Oh My!

General Interest 721.471

09/30/2015

Fall 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Brandon French

In this film series, we spend eight weeks examining the dynamics of families in crisis -- from the lighthearted travails of Parenthood to the melodrama ... More

Television's Golden Age: Part II

General Interest 721.478

09/30/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Steve Barri

Let's return again to those days of yesteryear when our television screens brought us many hours of the very best in music, variety and sitcoms ... More

Five Short Story Masters: Wharton, Ozick, O'Connor, Munro, and Chekov

General Interest 721.477

09/27/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Leonard Koff

Why these writers? First, because they are good; their work has compelling imaginative range and they are masters of the English language. Second, because their ... More

Stories That Tell Us Who We Are

General Interest 721.475

09/25/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Brandon French

Alice Munro recently won a Nobel Prize for her short story collections, a welcome and overdue celebration of the breadth and depth that short fiction ... More

Reel Dilemmas II

General Interest 721.476

09/25/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Vincent Coppola

This course, as its title implies, constitutes first viewing a film and then addressing the existential dilemma put before us in the work -- the ... More

Reading and Acting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

General Interest 711.272

09/24/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Tba Tba

The ideal group for those who love acting, theatre, language, and Shakespeare. We will begin with a "table read" of Twelfth Night, approaching the play ... More

An Introduction to Art of the 20th Century

General Interest 721.470

09/24/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Mary Beth Carosello

This course explores the major currents and principal achievements of the first 75 years of the 20th century in European and American art. We’ll look ... More

Art of the Renaissance

General Interest 721.472

09/24/2015

Fall 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Katherine Zoraster

The Renaissance in Europe was a remarkable time period of intellectual, political and cultural development. From 1300 to 1580, humanist ideology set the framework for ... More

The Dark Ages

General Interest 721.474

09/24/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

David Byrne

The Dark Ages. The term conjures up images of conflict, barbarians, superstition and ignorance. But were the Early Middle Ages (5th to 10th century) merely ... More

Transcendence and Where It Leads

General Interest 711.273

09/23/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Vincent Coppola

Starting with a transcendence we find in our own human make up since the caves, through to what existence itself shows us, wiping our glasses ... More

History of Integrative Medicine

General Interest 721.485

09/23/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Jeannie Kang

Integrative Medicine combines conventional Western medicine with alternative and complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques -- all ... More

On Dreams and Dreaming

General Interest 721.469

09/22/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Michal Aizenman

Since the dawn of humanity, people have wondered about the function and meaning of dreams. This course begins with an overview of significant theories, starting ... More

America's Greatest Trials

General Interest 721.468

09/21/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Kurt Hohenstein

American law is everywhere in popular culture, but its history is often hidden and misunderstood. This course explores that hidden history through some if our ... More

The Movie Musical

General Interest 721.473

09/21/2015

Fall 2015

Sherman Oaks

Open

Morgan Woolsey

More than just an excuse for song, dance, and spectacle, the movie musical has served various functions in different times and places. This course examines ... More

The History of American Animation

General Interest 721.484

09/21/2015

Fall 2015

Westwood

Open

Lee Crowe

This course explores the history of animated cartoons in the United States beginning with its non-film roots in devices like the zoetrope and kinetoscope, and ... More

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