The community is invited to learn more about UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program at open house events Aug. 8-10, when visitors can tour OLLI classroom locations, meet volunteers and fellow participants, and pick up a program catalog. In-person registration assistance will be available.
The events will feature free ice cream provided by UD’s UDairy Creamery.
As a volunteer-driven learning cooperative for adults age 50-plus, UD’s OLLI program has nearly 2,000 active members and offers about 300 classes at in-person locations in Dover, Lewes, Ocean View and Wilmington, as well as online.
Since volunteer instructors develop and teach OLLI classes each semester, offerings reflect a wide variety of interests and expertise.
Subjects offered at OLLI’s Dover location this fall include Broadway songs, genealogy, computer workshop, American Revolution, Hemingway, Helen Keller and more.
In Lewes, offerings include woodworking, forensic science, Robert Frost, geology and a class on marine-centered alternative energy guest-led by graduate students from UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.
Civil War history, Pacific island dance and beginning watercolor are among the classes offered at OLLI’s Ocean View location.
In Wilmington, the many offerings include archaeology, aviation history, international folk dance, desktop publishing, banned books, Tom Hanks films, and an art appreciation class led by two OLLI instructors who are senior guides at the Delaware Art Museum.
Online classes include African American art history, photography, ukulele, electric vehicles, Thomas Jefferson, memoir writing, smartphone apps and investment topics. OLLI’s online classes take place via live Zoom videoconferencing, with free Zoom training provided for OLLI participants.
For fall 2022, OLLI offerings include over 300 in-person or online classes, including many examples of the hybrid or combined offerings, allowing flexible attendance options.
Classes start Sept. 6 in 13-week, 11-week and five-week sessions, with a second five-week session that starts Oct. 18.
Registration for fall semester is available Aug. 3-18. For details, including a full course listing, visit the OLLI home page at https://www.olli.udel.edu/.
OLLI’s newly revised membership structure consists of one flat membership fee of $250 for the semester, after which members sign up for unlimited classes and activities at all UD OLLI locations and online. Need-based partial financial assistance is available; for details contact the OLLI office at 302-573-4417.