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

Spring 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
The Benefits of Sustainable Design and Technology Sat, Apr 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Climate Change and Renewable Energy Sat, Apr 15, 10a-12p Warner Center
Brain Science: How to Get the Best Night’s Sleep Thu, Apr 20, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Brain Science: How to Get the Best Night’s Sleep Sat, Apr 22, 10a-12p  Warner Center
Psychopathology Confronts Democracy: The 2016 Presidential Election Sat, Apr 29, 1oa-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Movie Musical Sat, May 6, 1op-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Emergence of Christian Art after the Fall of Rome Sat, May 20, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Yiddish Phrases for Everybody Tue, May 23, 10a-12p Warner Center

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

Spring 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Coming To Terms with the Holocaust, Part VI: Europe in Flames Mon, Apr 3, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The World of Musical Satire Mon, Apr 3, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
The Blues: How Three Chords Became Rock ‘n’ Roll Mon, Apr 3, 1p-3p Warner Center
Global Warming and Renewable Energy in the News Tue, Apr 4, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Jataka Tales: Stories of the Buddha’s Prior Lives Tue, Apr 4, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Literary Spanish Tue, Apr 4, 5:30p-7:30p 1145 Gayley Center
The History of Therapies for Mental Illness Wed, Apr 5, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece Wed, Apr 5 1p-3p Warner  Center
British Invasion: The Second Wave (1967-1973) Thu, Apr 6, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
An Introduction to the Religious Traditions of India Thu, Apr 6, 10a-12p Warner Center
The Sixties Thu, Apr 6, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Pre-Code Movies And Prohibition: An Introduction Thu,Apr 6, 1-3:30p Warner Center
Gentle Yoga Thu, Apr 6, 6:30p-8p 1145 Gayley Center
Piano Music in the Nineteenth Century Fri, Apr 7, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Masters Series: Mike Nichols Fri, Apr 7, 1p-3:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Literature from Eastern Europe Sun, Apr 9, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood
Rock and Roll in the Sixties Wed, Apr 12, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Cosmology, Astronomy, and Space Exploration in the News Wed, May 3, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Foreign Relations: Israel and Iran Mon, May 8, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
The Worlds of Comedy Thu, May 11, 12:30p-2:30p Warner Center
The Art of the Impressionists Thu, May 11, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
How Chocolate Conquered the World, Part 2: 1840 to Present Mon, May 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Revolutions in and Revelations about Food History Tue, May 16, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Big Bands of Jazz – Then and Now Tue, May 23, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Opera in the 20th Century Wed, May 24 1p-3:30p 1145 Gayley Center

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
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

Spring 2017

Course Name Start Date Location
Fundamentals of Chess Mon, Apr 3- May 8, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Fundamentals of Poker Mon, Apr 3- May 8, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Creating a Legacy in Words Tue, Apr 4 May 23, 1oa-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Women Writing About The American Experience Tue, Apr 4, 18, May 2, 16, 30 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Intermediate French Conversation Tue, Apr 4 – May 30 (no mtng Aor 11) 6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Tai Chi: The Art of Effortless Movement Wed, Apr 5 -May 24, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Great War On The Big Screen Wed, Apr 5 – May 17 (no mtng May 10) 6p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Alice: The Amazing Ms. Munro Thu, Apr 6 – May 11, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Learning to Dialogue Mon, Apr 10 – May 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Real Life Spanish Conversation I Thu, Apr 13 – Jun 1, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Real Life Spanish Conversation II  Thu, Apr 13 – Jun 1, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Film Tue, May 2 – 30, 1p-4p 1145 Gayley Center
Life Stories Worth Telling Wed, May 3 – Jun 21, 1p-3p 1145 Gayley Center
Comedy is Serious Business Wed, May 3- Jun 21,  6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center
Current Events  Thu, May 4 – Jun 15, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center
Audrey’s DocuTalk (one day seminar) Fri, May 12, 1p-4p 1145 Gayley Center
Reading And Acting Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet (interest group) Wed, Apr 5 – May 10, 10a-12p 1145 Gayley Center

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!

April 11: Arch Getty, Professor, UCLA - "What Will Putin Do Next"

Arch Getty received B.A. (University of Pennsylvania) and Ph.D. (Boston College) degrees in 1972 and 1979. He specializes in the Stalin period and the history of the Soviet Communist Party. Before coming to UCLA on the first day of the current millennium, he taught at UC Riverside, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award and suffered as History Department Chair. 

April 18: Robert Kaufman, Professor, Pepperdine - "Trump On The World Stage"

Robert Kaufman  is a political scientist at Pepperdine specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. Kaufman received his JD from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., and his BA, MA, M. Phil., and PhD from Columbia University in the city of New York.

April 25: Vinay Lal, Professor, UCLA - "India Elects Its Next President"

Vinay Lal studied literature, history, and philosophy as an undergraduate, and earned his B.A. from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University in 1982. He received a M.A. from the same institution, also in 1982, for a thesis on Emerson and Indian Philosophy. He then studied film in Australia and India on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship before commencing his graduate studies at the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded his Ph.D. with Distinction in 1992.

May 2: Melissa Withers, Professor, USC - "Global Gender Issues"

Melissa Withers is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Institute for Global Health at USC. She leads the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a network of 45 universities in the region. She received a PhD in community health sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley.

May 9: Charis Kurbin, Professor, UCI - "Immigration And Crime"

Charis Kurbin is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and (by courtesy) Sociology at UCI. Professor Kubrin’s research focuses on neighborhoods, race, and violence as central to social disorganization theory. A related line of research examines the intersection of music, culture and social identity, particularly as it applies to hip-hop and minority youth in disadvantaged communities.

May 16: Gary Blasi, Professor, UCLA - "Homeless in America"

Gary Blasi is Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA and Special Counsel at the Los Angeles public interest law firm Public Counsel. Regarded as one of the best lawyers in California, he has been recognized for his legal and policy advocacy to end homelessness (particularly among veterans), eradicate slum housing conditions, and improve learning opportunities in substandard schools. 

May 23: Stephanie Young, Political Scientist, RAND - "America Is Still In Iraq"

Stephanie Young is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where she conducts research and analysis on a broad range of foreign policy and national security related issues. Her primary interests relate to defense budgeting and resource allocation, but other recent work has focused on security cooperation and building partner capacity, the U.S. military transition in Iraq, special operations, and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. In 2012 she spent three months as an analyst embedded with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, in Kabul.

May 30: Mark Peterson, Professor, UCLA - "What Did Trump Just Say?"

Mark Peterson is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the UCLA Department of Public Policy’s Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He earned his A.B. in 1977, his A.M. in 1981, and his Ph.D. in 1985, all from the University of Michigan. He is currently Chair of the Department of Public Policy, and also served in that role from 2002 to 2006.