UCLA Extension


Quarter after quarter, the OLLI experience keeps our members coming back for the insight, inspiration, and innovation that fuels their active lives.

OLLI Members Enjoy:
  • A diverse range of courses taught by expert instructors who love to engage participants
  • A relaxing yet stimulating class environment, where lectures mingle with discussions
  • The opportunity for regular social and intellectual interaction with a community of your peers
  • Free special events – exclusively for OLLI members

Courses are conveniently scheduled in the mornings from 10am-12pm; afternoons from 1pm – 3pm; evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. You can find our classes in Westwood and Sherman Oaks.

You must be a current OLLI member to enroll in any Instructor-Led Courses, Discussion Groups, or the Beyond the Headlines lecture series. Tastes of Osher courses are open to the public. Click on any course below to view the complete course description and enrollment information. To see a full listing of upcoming courses, click here.

Taste of Osher

These 2-hour lectures are open to the public. The fee is $15. Plus members pay no additional fee.

Summer 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Angels of Mercy and Ambulance Drivers: American Women Volunteers in World War I Sat, Jul 8, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes Sat, Jul 15, 10a-12p Warner Center
Running For Life Sat, Jul 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Man He Is A-Changin’: The Many Faces of Bob Dylan Sat, Aug 12, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Art and the Power to Cross-Cultural Exchange: Andrew Wyeth and Robert Rauschenberg go to China Sat, Aug 19, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Sat, Aug 26, 10a-12p  1145 Gayley Avenue

Fall 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
The Benefits of Sustainable Design and Technology Sat, Oct 7, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 119
Climate Engineering: Can Mega-Scale Technology Save Us from Global Warming? Sat, Oct 14, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 114
The Artists of the Bloomsbury Group: The Emergence of Modernism in England Sat, Oct 28, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 121 CDE

Instructor-Led Courses

Our Instructor-Led program offers non-credit courses geared to those seeking a high quality and enjoyable adventure in learning. There are no tests, grades, or homework, though some courses include readings. OLLI’s Instructor-Led courses are taught by the high-caliber instructors and guest speakers for which UCLA Extension is world renown. Our courses explore art, music, literature, history, science, languages, psychology, current events, and many other exciting fields.

Summer 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Shakespeare for Beginners and Experts, Part III Mon, Jun 26, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Movie Musical during the Great Depression Mon, Jun 26, 1p-3:30p 1145 Gayley Center
The Emergence of the United States as a World Power Mon, Jun 26, 1p-3p Warner Center
The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective, Pt. 3 Tue, Jun 27, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Healthy Lifestyle Change: Reducing the Risk for Diabetes Tue, Jun 27, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
All That Jazz Tue, Jun 27, 1p-3p Warner Center
Introduction to Russian Classical Music Wed, Jun 28, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Cosmology, Astronomy and Space Exploration in the News Wed, Jun 28, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Spice: The History of a Passion Wed, Jun 28, 1p-3p Warner Center
Women In Religion Thu, Jun 29, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Best New American Writers Thu, Jun 29, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Gentle Yoga Thu, Jun 29, 6:30p-8p 1145 Gayley Center
Bette Davis Eyes Fri, Jun 30, 1p-3:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Best American Short Stories of 2016 Sun, Jul 9, 12p-2p 1010 Westwood
Spanish I for Everyday Life Mon, Jul 11, 5:30p-7:30p 11145 Gayley Center
Journey Through the Hebrew Calendar Thu, Jul 13, 1p-3p Warner Center
The Life and Works of J.S. Bach Fri, Jul 21, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Women Who Misbehave: Radical Activists Who Changed the World Tue, Aug 8, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Baseball, Movies and the American Scene Thu, Aug 10, 1p-3:30p 1145 Gayley Center

Fall 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Coming To Terms with the Holocaust, Part VII: Europe in Flames, Continued Mon, Sept 25, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 320
Mobile Psychological Crisis Intervention: the History, the Science, and the Danger Mon, Sep 25, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320
Four “Must-Read” Novels for the Serious (or Not-So-Serious) Foodie Mon, Sep 25, 1p-3p
(no meeting Nov 9)
Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 208A
Four International Short Story Tue, Sep 26, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 320
Beyond the Headlines Tue, Sep 26, 10:30a-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 121
After Impressionism: The Post-Impressionists and into the 20th Century Tue, Sep 26, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center, 121 CDE
Spanish II For Everyday Life Cancelled Cancelled
Rome: The City Wed, Sept 27, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 121
The Great American Songbook, Volume 1: the Songwriters, the Singers and the Songs Wed, Sep 27, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center, 121
A Brief History of British Art Wed, Sep 27, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 215
Cosmology, Astronomy, and Space Exploration in the News Wed, Sept 27, 6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center,114
The Trump Presidency: The Good, the Bad and, the Unknown Thu, Sep 28, 1oa-12p 1145 Gayley Center, 121
Pre-Code Movies And Prohibition, Part 2: Crimes and Punishment during Prohibition Thu, Sep 28, 1p-3:30p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 208A
Papas Got A Brand New Bag: Why James Brown Matters Cancelled Cancelled
Gustav Mahler Fri, Oct 6, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 320
Bob Dylan Throughout the Years Fri, Oct 6, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320
Detective Fiction Sun, Oct 1, 12–2p 1010 Westwood, 320
Pre-Code Movies and Prohibition, Part 3: Party Girls and Playboys Mon, Oct 23, 1p-3:30p 1010 Westwood, 320
The Map of American Music Tue, Oct 24, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 216
Sustainable Transportation for the 21st Century: Getting from Here to There without Frying the Planet Thu, Nov 2, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 208A
America’s Civil War, Part I: Prelude to an Apocalypse Mon, Nov 6, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 320
The Evolution of Jazz Tue, Nov 7, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320
The New Yorker: Fiction’s Czar Wed, Nov 8, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320
The Wars of the Roses Wed, Nov 8, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 208A
The Taste of Dark Chocolate: Ingredients and Process Mon, Dec 4, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups are for members who want to ask questions, offer answers and share their knowledge in the classroom. Established instructors act as facilitators to create an environment in which participants explore subjects in an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation, creative self-expression, and socializing without the expectation of tests or grades. Depending on the nature of the course, there could be a modest amount of preparation before class begins and you may be called upon for your insights – members should be ready to participate!

Summer 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
21st Century Westerns Wed, Jun 28, 6p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Current Events Thu, Jul 6, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Classic Tales from Old Japan Wed, Jul 5 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Shakespeare The Philosopher Mon, Jul 10, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Rome: From Republic To Empire Tue, Jul 11, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Drawing Is A Feeling Thu, Jul 13, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Real Life Spanish Conversation I Thu, Jul 13, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Real Life Spanish Conversation II Thu, Jul 13, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Feasting On Hemingway Fri, Jul 14, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Topics in Contemporary Poetry Tue, Jul 11, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Running For Life Sat, Jul 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Lyric Poem  Sat, Jul 22, 10a-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Reading And Acting Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew Tue, Jun 27, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Intermediate French Conversation Tue, Jun 27, 6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Reel Dilemmas Part V Fri, Aug 11, 1p-4p 1145 Gayley Center

Fall 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Intermediate Chess Mon, Sep 25, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 418
Fundamentals of Poker Mon, Sep 25, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 418
High-Level Spanish Conversation Tue, Sep 26, 1oa-12p 1010 Westwood, 310
Real Life Spanish Conversation I Thu, Sep 28, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 310
Real Life Spanish Conversation I Tue, Sep 26, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St, 205AB
Real Life Spanish Conversation II Thu, Sep 28, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 310
Magic With Everyday Objects Tue, Sep 26, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 310
Intermediate French Conversation Tue, Sep 26, 6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center, 119A
True Religion in Hollywood Cancelled Cancelled
The Historical Jesus Thu ,Sep 28, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 307
George Saunders: America’s Celebrity Writer Fri, Oct 6, 10a-12p
(no mtg Nov 10)
1010 Westwood, 307
Reel Dilemmas Fri, Oct 6, 1p-4p 1145 Gayley, 114B
Cultural Interplay: China and Japan  Cancelled Cancelled
Ways of Looking at Contemporary Art Tue, Oct 3, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 415
Art of the American West Cancelled Cancelled
Current Events Thur, Oct 5, 10a-12p 10920 Lindbrook Dr, 204
Audrey’s Docutalk (one day seminar) Fri, Oct 20, 1-4p 1145 Gayley Center, 114A
Life Stories Worth Telling (creativity/movement course) Wed, Sep 27, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 310
Tai Chi: The Art of Effortless Movement (creativity/movement course) Wed, Sep 27, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, B17
Writing That Changes Lives (creativity/movement course) Cancelled Cancelled
Acting and Theatre Games (creativity/movement course) Thu, Oct 5, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, B17
Gentle Yoga (creativity/movement course) Thu, Oct 5, 6:30p-8p 1145 Gayley Center, 119
Lawn Bowling Fun in Beautiful Holmby Park (creativity/movement course) Sat, Oct 21, 10a-11:30a Holmby Hills Park, 646 Comstock Ave., Homby Hills, CA 90024
Reading and Acting Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (creativity/movement course) Tue, Nov 14, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, B17

Beyond the Headlines

The Beyond the Headlines speaker series features eight speakers per quarter, each presenting an in-depth lecture about the most significant contemporary, and often controversial, issues in the news. Culled from today’s major headlines, our topics cover foreign policy, state and national politics, education, the economy, social justice issues, and more! Enroll here!

September 26: Robert Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies - "Political Potpourri: the Latest and Most Important Political News of the Day"

Robert Stern, JD, is the former president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a nonprofit research organization located in Los Angeles; the former chair of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws; and the former general counsel for the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

October 3: Bill Blum, former California ALJ judge - "The Next Supreme Court Pick"

Bill Blum is a Los Angeles lawyer and a former State of California Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). In addition, he is an award-winning writer and legal journalist of considerable notoriety. He is currently a columnist withTruthdig.com.

October 10: Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor, UCLA - "The Effect of Technology on Democracy"

Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor at UCLA in Design and Media/Information Studies, studies and participates in projects focused on how new media technologies impact political revolutions, economic development and poverty reduction, and the future of cultural heritage.

October 17: Ariella Schusterman, Associate Regional Director, Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League - "Anti-Semitism At Home and Abroad"

Ariella Schusterman is the Associate Regional Director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and frequents conducts local outreach to classrooms and workplaces to counteract bias and bigotry, provide education on combating bigotry of all kinds.

October 24: Laura Wherry, Professor, UCLA - "Health Care in America: Now What"

Laura Wherry, PhD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Michigan.

October 31: Keramit Reiter, Professor, UCI - "America: The Largest Prison Population on Earth"

Keramit Reiter studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems.

November 7: Jerry Nickelsberg, Professor, UCLA - "The Asian Economies"

Jerry Nickelsberg received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980 specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He was formerly a professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.

November 14: Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute - "The State Of The State"

Raphael Sonenshein is a noted professor, author and expert on the governance of Los Angeles and the region. He is renowned for his charter reform work for cities throughout the region. He has also written extensively regarding city governance and the relationships among racial and ethnic groups, and is sought after as a political expert by many local and national media outlets.