Winter 2020

The OLLI at UCLA program offers non-credit courses geared to those seeking a high quality and enjoyable adventure in learning. There are no tests, grades, or homework – just learning for the sheer joy of learning!

You must be a current OLLI member to enroll in all courses except Taste of Osher.
For more information about a course, or to enroll, click on the course name.

To register, please call the UCLA Extension registration office at 310-825-9971, extension 601. For directions on how to enroll online, please click here.

Taste of Osher

These 2-hour lectures are open to the public as well as OLLI members.

Course Name Start Date Day Location
The Art of the Classical Guitar 11-Jan Saturday Westwood
African American Art 25-Jan Saturday Westwood
The Glamour of Old Hollywood: Architecture of the Stars 1-Feb Saturday Westwood
Fall Prevention Workshop: Introduction 8-Feb Saturday Westwood
Audrey’s DocuTalk: Desert of Forbidden Art 28-Feb* Friday Westwood
Myths and Life in the Soviet Union 7-Mar Saturday Westwood
So You Want to Yiddish? 19-Mar Thursday Woodland Hills
* formerly Feb. 21

Lecture Courses

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.

Course Name Start Date Day Location
Coming to Terms with the Holocaust: Part 1 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Architectural Styles of Los Angeles and the Southern California Area 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Buddhism in the Time of the Buddha 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Einstein for Everyone 6-Jan Monday Woodland Hills
Bohemia after Dark: Hipsters, Jazz, and The Beat Generation 6-Jan Monday Westwood
The Baroque: St. Peter’s to St. Paul’s 7-Jan Tuesday Westwood
The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective 7-Jan Tuesday Woodland Hills
Why (Re)Read George Orwell in 2020: Part 1 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Wrongful Convictions of The Innocent: Causes and Remedies 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
American Revolution 8-Jan Wednesday Woodland Hills
From Fingerpickers to Metalheads: How the Guitar Conquered the World 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Women in Religion 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
Two Centuries of American Art: 1776 to 1976 9-Jan Thursday Woodland Hills
The Evolving Nature of the Cold War 9-Jan Thursday Woodland Hills
The Music of Sergei Prokofiev 10-Jan Friday Westwood
Gustav Mahler 10-Jan Friday Westwood
Classic Movie Who Dunnits 10-Jan Friday Westwood
Jewish Storytelling 12-Jan Sunday Westwood
Beyond the Headlines 14-Jan Tuesday Westwood
The Evolution of Jazz 14-Jan Tuesday Woodland Hills
The Art of Mindfulness: Part 2 4-Feb Tuesday Westwood
Black Films of the 1960s – 1970s 12-Feb Wed Westwood
Post-War Paris: The Rebirth 20-Feb Thursday Westwood
The Police: The Reality on the Street 20-Feb Thursday Woodland Hills
The Rise of Nationalism in Art: Europe in the 19th Century 22-Feb Saturday Westwood
The Evolution of Science: Part 4 Cancelled Monday Westwood
Understanding Globalization 3-Mar Tuesday Westwood
Let’s Taste Chocolates! 4-Mar Wednesday Westwood

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!

Course Name Start Date Day Location
The Story Prize: 15 Years of Great Short Fiction 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Novels in the Movies 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Current Events: Understanding Our World 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
From Nietzsche and Nihilism to Existentialism and Choice 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
The Book Shelf 28-Jan Tuesday Westwood
Ways of Looking at Contemporary Art 20-Feb Thursday Westwood
Staying Vital and Engaged After Sixty Cancelled Thursday Westwood

Foreign Languages

OLLI at UCLA offers courses in Intermediate French and varying levels of Spanish.  Language courses are discussion heavy and members should be ready to participate and share their insights. For more information on levels of Spanish, please click here.

Course Name Start Date Day Location
Spanish III for Everyday Life 7-Jan Tuesday Westwood
High-Level Spanish Conversation 7-Jan Tuesday Westwood
Int. French Conversation 7-Jan Tuesday Westwood
Real Life Spanish Conversation I 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
Real Life Spanish Conversation II 9-Jan Thursday Westwood

Creativity, Movement, and Games

These courses are interactive! Members are able to practice or apply what they learn in class.

Course Name Start Date Day Location
Fundamentals of Poker 2 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Beginning Mah-Jongg 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Intermediate Mah-Jongg 6-Jan Monday Westwood
Drawing is a Feeling 7-Jan Tuesday Westwood
Finding Your Movement Intelligence 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Tai Chi, The Art of Effortless Movement 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Beginning Gentle Yoga 8-Jan Wednesday Westwood
Intermediate Mah-Jongg 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
Advanced Mah-Jongg 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
Intermediate Yoga 9-Jan Thursday Westwood
Bridge for Absolute Beginners, Part 1 14-Jan Tuesday Westwood
Reading and Acting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 14-Jan Tuesday Westwood