OLLI at ASU presents fall 2017 classes


Karla Burkhart

For 12 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU) has provided university-quality, low-cost learning experiences through diverse short classes, campus-based learning opportunities and pathways to public service. There are no tests, grades or educational requirements.

In the fall semester – running from September through December – OLLI at ASU is offering over 100 classes in history, art, music, opera, health, creative writing, science, current events, the environment, literature, politics, religion, physics, space exploration, Shakespeare and more… There is something for everyone.

Here are just a few of OLLI’s fall class titles: Archaeology of the Unseen, Cracking the “Quality of Life” Code, Dada and Surrealism, Political Ideologies, The Social History of South Africa, iPad Band: Learning to Rock and Roll Through Contemporary Media, Experimental Films of Francis Ford Coppola, Exoplanets: Thousands of New Worlds, Violin vs. Fiddle: What’s the Difference?, Women of the Ancient World.

“Along with the classes will come many opportunities for you to experience extraordinary cultural events, meaningful volunteer activities, deep friendships and new ways to serve others.” says Richard C. Knopf, director of OLLI at ASU.

Those who become members of OLLI may register for as many classes as they wish, and also receive many member benefits, including discounted admission to cultural centers such as the Heard Museum, The Nash, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and others. OLLI at ASU has recently developed a new partnership with The Arboretum at Flagstaff; OLLI at ASU members can now receive discounted admission to The Arb and other local gardens.

Registration for fall classes is open. Classes are offered throughout the Valley in September, October, November and December, and are between one and six sessions. Membership for the fall semester is only $20, and classes are $12 per session.

OLLI at ASU is conveniently located at ASU West and Downtown Phoenix campuses, Tempe Public Library, Friendship Village Tempe and Maravilla Scottsdale. Classes are also held at affiliate locations, including the Arizona Opera Center in Midtown Phoenix, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve in Glendale and OneAZ Credit Union in North Phoenix. 

The class schedule is available at most public libraries, senior and community centers and online. Register online or by phone. Call 602-543-6440 or visit www.lifelonglearning.asu.edu.

OLLI at ASU is funded in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports university-quality educational offerings for mature students. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, supported by the foundation, operate on the campuses of 120 institutions of higher education.

OLLI is part of ASU’s Partnership for Community Development in the School of Community Resources and Development, which is in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.