Courses

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.

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

Winter 2018

Course Name Start Date Location
Smart Phone Photography Sat, Jan 13, 10a-12p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St
How Memory Works in the Brain and How to Keep Your Memory Working  Better, Longer  Sat, Jan 13 10a-12p  1145 Gayley Center, 121
 Smart Phone Photography  Sat, Jan 20, 10a-12p  1145 Gayley Center, 114
 Running for Life  Sat, Jan 27. 10a-12p  1145 Gayley Center, 119A
 An Introduction to the Development and History of Photography  Sat, Mar 10, 10a-12p  1145 Gayley Center, 121 CDE
Audrey’s DocuTalk TBD  TBD

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.

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 Cancelled Cancelled
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

Winter 2018

 

Course Name Start Date Location
Cancelled- Coming to Terms with the Holocaust, Part 8: The American Response  Cancelled Cancelled
 Japanese Buddhism, Part 1  Mon, Jan 8, 1p-3p 1010 Westwood, 320
 The Blues: How Three-Chords Became Rock & Roll  Mon, Jan 8, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 Jivin’ In Bebop: The Modern Jazz Revolution 1945-1950  Mon, Jan 8, 6:30p-8:30p  1145 Gayley Center, 114
 All About Bone  Tue, Jan 9, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 320
 Spanish III for Everyday Life  Tue, Jan 9, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 218
 Einstein for Everyone  Tue, Jan 9, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 The Seventies  Wed, Jan 10, 10a-12p 1010 Westwood, 320
 The 6 C’s of Food History: Cake, Corn, Coffee, Cheese, Chilies, Chocolate  Wed, Jan 10-1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 Public Policy in the Real World  Wed, Jan 10, 6:30p-8:30p 1145 Gayley Center, 114
Food History in 8 Tasty Bites  Thur, Jan 11, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 214
Two Centuries of American Art: 1776 to 1976  Thur, Jan 11, 1p-3p  Lindbrook Ctr, 10920 Lindbrook, 204
 Basic Psychopathology: A Journey Through the Major Mental Health Diagnoses, Part I  Thur, Jan 11, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 Unfaithful: Infidelity in the Movies  Fri, Jan 12, 1p-3:30p  10995 Le Conte Ave., G33E
 Surfs Up: The Life and Times of the Brian Boys  Tue, Jan 16, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 214
 Henry James  Sun, Jan 21,  12p-2p  1010 Westwood, 320
Beyond the Headlines
Beyond the Headlines
Tues, Jan 23-Mar 13, 10:30a-12p
Wed, Jan 24-Mar 14, 10:30a-12p
Lindbrook Ctr, 10920 Lindbrook, 204
Lindbrook Ctr, 10920 Lindbrook, 204
 Beethoven   Fri, Jan 26, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 320
Cosmology, Astronomy, and Space Exploration in the News  Wed, Feb 14, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 320
 Cancelled- Shakespeare for Beginners and Experts, Part IV Cancelled  Cancelled
  The Paris Experience  Tue, Feb 20, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
Art of the Renaissance Wed, Feb 21, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 Basic Psychopathology: A Journey Through the Major Mental Health Diagnoses, Part II Thur, Feb 22, 1p-3p Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.
 The Wonderful World of Gilbert & Sullivan   Thur, Mar 1, 1p-3p   1010 Westwood, 320
 The Taste of Dark Chocolate  Mon, Mar 19, 1p-3p  Warner Center, 21650 Oxnard St.

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!

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

Winter 2018

Course Name Start Date Location
 High-Level Spanish Conversation  Tue, Jan 9, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 310
 Intermediate French Conversation  Tue, Jan 9, 6:30p-8:30p  1145 Gayley Center, 119A
 Current Events: Understanding Our World  Thur, Jan 11, 10a-12p  10920 Lindbrook, 204 ABC
 Poetry Without Fear  Fri, Jan 12, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 218
 Social and Moral Dilemmas in Film  Tue, Jan 16, 1p-3:30p  10995 Le Conte Ave., G33E
 Supermetaphysics  Wed, Jan 17, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 218
 Real Life Spanish Conversation I  Thur, Jan 18, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 218
 Real Life Spanish Conversation II  Thur, Jan 18, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 218
 Shakespeare the Philosopher II Fri, Jan 19, 1p-4p
Feb 23 only- in room G33E
 10995 Le Conte Ave., G33W
 Intermediate Chess  Mon, Jan 22, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 418
 Ways of Looking at Contemporary Art  Tues, Jan 23, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, 416
 The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Film  Tues, Feb 6, 1p-4p  1010 Westwood, 313

Creativity and Movement

Winter 2018

Course Name Start Date Location
 Reading and Acting Shakespeare’s Hamlet  Tue, Jan 9, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, B17
 Writing That Changes Lives  Tue, Jan 16, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 413
 Gentle Yoga  Thur, Jan 11, 6:30-8p  1145 Gayley Center, 119
 Tai Chi: The Art of Effortless Move  Wed, Jan 24, 1p-3p  1010 Westwood, B17
 Life Stories Worth Telling  Wed, Feb 14, 10a-12p  1010 Westwood, 310

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!

Section 358430 (Tuesdays)

January 23: Janet P. Pregler, MD, UCLA - "Why it Would Benefit Both Women and Men to Abandon the 70 KG Man"

Janet P. Pregler, MD, is Director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and director of the UCLA National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

January 30: Dominic Thomas, Professor, UCLA- "Recent European Elections in Context"

Dominic Thomas, PhD, is Chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA, and Acting Chair of the departments of Germanic, Italian, and Scandinavian. He is a regular media commentator on European Politics for CNN and CNN International.

February 6: Cameron Bard, Office of Gov. Cuomo - "Climate Change in an Age of Conservative Politics"

Cameron Bard is a renewable energy expert and former policymaker from the state of New York. Before moving to Los Angeles, he served as the Chief of Staff to New York State’s energy czar, Richard Kauffman, in the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He currently works in the solar industry and is also an adjunct instructor at New York University.

February 13: Jonathan Dobrer, Professor, University of Judaism - "Understanding the Middle East Today"

Jonathan Dobrer, MA, teaches at the University of Judaism and has taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

February 20: John Snibbe, PhD, Clinical Psychologist - “The Crisis of Homelessness and the Noncompliant Mentally Ill in our Society.”

John Snibbe, PhD.; Retired Program Head, Mobile Emergency Services, LA County Department of Mental Health, Emergency Resource Manager, Manager of Project 50 and special programs for homeless.

 

February 27: Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, lecturer, UCLA - "Evaluating the North Korean Situation: How Worried Should We Be?"

Jennifer Jung-Kim is a continuing lecturer who teaches Korean history in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures as well as Asia-related courses in the International and Area Studies program and the Honors Collegium program.

March 6: Zachary Courser, Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable - "2018 Mid-Term Elections"

Zachary Courser, PhD, is a visiting assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, and has published articles on the connection between political parties and democratic participation.

March 13: Jared McBride, Lecturer, UCLA - "The Putin Cult"

Jared McBride, PhD, teaches Eastern European and Russian history. He specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the 20th century. His research interests include borderlands studies, nationalist movements, mass violence and genocide, the Holocaust, inter-ethnic conflict, and war crimes prosecution.

 

Section 355540 (Wednesdays)

January 24: Gary Orfield, Professor, UCLA - "Equal Rights and Unequal Schools: Civil Rights Challenges"

Gary Orfield, PhD, is Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning; and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

January 31: Miriam Golden, PhD, Professor, UCLA - TBD

Miriam Golden, PhD is Professor of Political Science, a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford. She has been a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

February 7: Derek Shearer, Former Ambassador and Professor, Occidental College - "Trump and the World"

Derek Shearer, PhD, Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College, served in the Clinton administration as an economics official in the Commerce Department, and then as Ambassador to Finland (1994-97).

February 14: Kirk Saduski, Documentarian - “The JFK Assassination: Did the Release of the New Documents Change the Story?”

Kirk Saduski, Producer and Executive at Playtone, and Co-Executive Producer of the CNN documentary series The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, is currently in production as co-executive producer of 1968 for CNN.

February 21: John Snibbe, PhD, Clinical Psychologist - “The Crisis of Homelessness and the Noncompliant Mentally Ill in our Society.”

John Snibbe, PhD, former program head of Psychiatric Mobile Responses Team Operations, L.A. County Department of Mental Health

February 28: Dennis Mangrobang, CEO, Flexwest, LLC - "Robotics, Automation, and our Changing Society"

Dennis Mangrobang, BSCS, is CEO of Flexwest, LLC., an automation and engineering company. His primary interest is in vision guided robotics, applied to manufacturing.

March 7: James L. Gelvin, Professor, UCLA - "Why is Saudi Arabia no longer the Shrinking Violet of the Middle East?"

James L. Gelvin, PhD, is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, and is the author of five books.

March 14: Scott Abramson, UCLA & Israel Institute - "The Status of Jerusalem and the American-Israeli-Palestinian Triangle"

A historian of the modern Levant, Scott Abramson is a doctoral candidate in UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and a fellow at the Israel Institute.