Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Kent and Sussex Counties

Free Thursday speaker series

January 30-April 2, 2020
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Wyoming Church, 216 Wyoming Mill Rd.,

Free and open to the public!

Join us for a fascinating lineup of speakers and experts who discuss a wide array of topics. You are welcome to attend every program or select the ones that most interest you. Bring a lunch and enjoy! Bring a friend!

  • JANUARY 30 — Dr. Yu Tian, Associate Professor of Business, Wesley College
    Chinese New Year, Symbolism, Practices
    This lecture introduces you to the religious and cultural significance of the festival. It covers worship practices, food, music and special customs observed in different parts of China. Contemporary elements of the culture and how younger generations celebrate are incorporated throughout the lecture.
  • FEBRUARY 6 — John Moller, Senior Voting Machine Technician, Kent County Department of Elections
    Delaware’s New Voting Machine
    This is a demonstration of the state’s new voting machine, the ExpressVote XL. We will talk about how to use the new voting machines and their relevant features. Attendees will get to try the new voting machines for themselves.
  • FEBRUARY 13 — Kim Burdick, Author and Historian
    Louise du Pont Crowninshield: Historic Preservation Pioneer
    Until the early 1950s, historic preservation was not taken very seriously in the United States. Delaware’s Louise du Pont Crowninshield was one of the founders of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today the most significant award presented nationwide by the trust is the Louise Crowninshield Award.
  • FEBRUARY 20 — Topic and speaker TBD
  • FEBRUARY 27 — Debbie Nicol, Kent County Master Gardener
    Planning Your Vegetable Garden
    Have you dreamed of growing your own fresh vegetables and herbs at home but don’t know how to get started? We’ll walk you through the steps, from choosing a location, laying out the size and shape of your space, preparing the soil, choosing and starting plants and seeds for your planting zone, and cover the basics of fertilizing with compost, insect control, companion planting and crop rotation.
  • MARCH 5 — Karen Abate, Kent County Master Gardener
    Gardening Smarter, Not Harder, Accessible Gardening
    Presentation will discuss the benefits of gardening and some adaptive techniques to make gardening easier, less draining, and much more enjoyable for those with physical limitations and will highlight accessible gardening tips and real-life practical solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to handle easy-to-use gardening products and share their own accessible gardening tips.
  • MARCH 12 — Art McLaughlin, Historian
    What is an Assault Rifle?
    The technical/legal definitions of firearm terminology in historical context.
  • MARCH 19 — Pat Ryan, Historian
    Irish History: An Overview
    Mr. Ryan will share aspects of Irish history.
  • MARCH 26 — OperaDelaware
    Upcoming Spring Opera Program
    Members of OperaDelaware will perform and give details about the shows they will be performing for the public during their upcoming spring season.
  • APRIL 2 — Kathleen and Bob Dunn, OLLI instructors
    Vibrio: Why you need to know
    The Vibrio vulnificus waterborne bacteria can take your health, your wealth and your life. A victim and his caregiver will tell how life can change in seconds and how they survived and continue to thrive. Guidelines and precautions for all persons who could be at risk will be discussed.

Schedule is subject to change. Attendance is free and open to the public on a space-available basis.