Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses

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Welcome to OLLI @ UM.

OLLI's home on the UM campus is located in Lau Founder's Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave, Coral Gables, FL.

You can contact OLLI @ UM in person at our office, by phone at 305-284-6554, or by email at osher@miami.edu.

Online registration is open. It's the best way to secure your seat in our popular classes!

SUMMER 1 2016: May 9 - June 20

SUMMER 2 2016: July 5 - August 1

Phone registration is available by calling OLLI at UM at 305-284-6554.

 

New to OLLI @ UM? OLLI @ UM is an association of community members aged 50 and better seeking intellectual enrichment. In addition to taking Osher courses, OLLI members are invited to a wide variety of University of Miami lectures and social events.

Teach a course!

Our instructors and class facilitators are volunteers! If you are a prospective instructor interested in teaching a course, please fill out our course proposal form and email it to osher@miami.edu. We have a 'teach a class, take a class' policy. Our OLLI volunteer instructors can register for an OLLI class tuition-free in exchange for teaching. Join us and teach your passion!

Coral Gables course listings

The course listing below includes all upcoming courses on the Coral Gables campus and at the Village of Pinecrest Community Center

For Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses in northern Miami-Dade county, please contact OLLI at Florida International University.

Accommodations Policy for OLLI@UM

OLLI@UM provides reasonable accommodations in its programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request disability accommodations, please contact the OLLI@UM office at 305-284-6554 as soon as you register and at least two weeks before classes begin. OLLI@UM has portable assistive-listening devices that enhance ability to hear the instructors using the microphone in Room 102 of Founders Hall. 

SIG: Current Events

Would you like to discuss current events within a smaller group? Do you share the same passions as other OLLI members on certain national or global topics? Participants in this SIG should prepare for meetings by brushing up on current topics in the news frequently, bringing not only opinions to the table, but verified facts as well.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-101, Section 17
Starts : 7/8/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Friday
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$0

SIG: Fun with Yiddish Lunch Group

Brush up on your Yiddish, and start speaking it now. Even if you understand it, but have never spoken it, come surprise yourself with how quickly you can join the conversation.

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-310, Section 17
Starts : 7/11/2016 Ends : 7/25/2016
Meets on : Monday
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$0

SIG: Investments

Are you an “expert” investor or have some experience with investing? This is your chance to discuss investment topics and opportunities with fellow OLLI members.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-401, Section 17
Starts : 7/11/2016 Ends : 7/25/2016
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$0

Painting with Acrylics, Beginning & Intermediate

Painting with acrylics can be great fun. Painting is to be enjoyed, not endured. Acrylics are easy to use mainly because they are water soluble, and are not encumbered by numerous technical rules, as are oils. Acrylics allow the artist to jump in and push the medium to its limits. Come and experience the fun, ease and lack of boundaries this medium and class offers.
No Scheduled Classes

Advanced Acrylic Painting

Painting with acrylics can be great fun. Painting is to be enjoyed, not endured. Acrylics are easy to use mainly because they are water-soluble and are not encumbered by the numerous technical rules, as are oils. Acrylics allow the artist to jump in and push the medium to its limits. Come and experience the fun, ease and lack of boundaries this medium and class has to offer. There will be time in class to work on your projects where you will receive assistance and weekly critiques.
No Scheduled Classes

Watercolor Painting Basics

If you've never painted before or have been painting for less than a year, this is a great class to learn or review the foundations of watercolor. Even if you are just beginning, Jim will have you painting in no time.
No Scheduled Classes

Advanced Watercolor Painting

Are you an experienced watercolor artist who wants to learn more advanced techniques? This class is designed for those students who have been working with the medium for at least one year.
No Scheduled Classes

Triumph and Tragedy: The Lives of Great Men

In this six week live costumed performance historical lecture series, we will examine the lives of various great men in history, as portrayed by actor and historian, Robert Dawson. We will learn of their triumphs, failures, joys and disappointments, their decisions and choices (good or bad), and the events that shaped their lives. Think you know history? You ain’t seen nothing yet! IN SUMMER 2016, LEARN ABOUT AND MEET...Howard Carter: The discovery of King Tut's Tomb; Anton Chekhov: Physician / Playwright, Chekhov's two worlds; Mark Twain: An American Treasure; Mathew Brady: Historian with a Camera; Captain Sofring Hansson; Ernest Hemingway: Out West
No Scheduled Classes

ITALIAN, ADVANCED

For Advanced Italian speakers... Come and join our innovative class that will also include cultural segments and many other surprises: siete benvenuti!

No Scheduled Classes

BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING

In this class you will learn how to use basic computer programs.
Note: You should be comfortable using a computer to take this class.

ONLY 3 SEATS LEFT
Course OSH-909, Section 17
Starts : 7/11/2016 Ends : 7/25/2016
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$105

Travel French (for beginner & intermediate level)

Course Description: This is a course designed for level 1 to intermediate level students of French who want to learn expressions and vocabulary for every day, practical interactions when they visit France. The situations covered each week will be: 1)greetings and salutations 2) checking in/out at the hotel, 3)directions and transportation 4) at the restaurant 5)shopping at the grocery store/bakery/department store6) at the airport. The first day of class will include an introduction to French sounds, accents and the alphabet to aid with pronunciation. Teacher will use immersion method for covering curriculum, i.e., French only spoken during the class, with ample time at the end of the class for questions in English. Students will learn by memorization, imitation, and role play, with emphasis on giving each student the opportunity to speak frequently during the class. BOOK REQUIRED: Barron’s French Made Simple. Purchase it at your favorite bookseller.
No Scheduled Classes

Spanish Conversation, Advanced: Culture Thru Film

Join Dr. Doralina Martinez Conde in this class for conversation in Spanish on a variety of cultural themes as we study two Spanish films. Emphasis will be on further development of speaking skills with special attention to vocabulary, culture and communication in Spanish. This class will contain discussions, small groups and entire class activities. The class requires students to have intermediate Spanish skills. Taught in Spanish.
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: Book Club

Join other OLLI members for a lively and engaging book discussion! The book for Summer 2 term is ALL THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr.

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-335, Section 17
Starts : 7/8/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$0

Shakespeare: Play Reading & Discussion Group

In this session we will read one tragedy and one comedy. Class participants who sign up in advance collectively choose the plays to be read, and we aim towards Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-338, Section 17
Starts : 7/8/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$0

Art & Art History

Join art historian, educator, and artist, Armando Droulers, for this fascinating series on art and artists.
No Scheduled Classes

A Historic & Scientific Miscellany

Course description: With 16 years as lead science presenter for the Miami Museum of Science, Robert Dawson offers this selection of 4 ecclectic lecture themes based on his years of research on behalf of the musuem, and themes of an historical nature associated with his extensive character research, each subject being fascinating and informative in its own right. Week 1: This Strange World: exotic life forms that share our world Week 2: Oddities of the Civil War: Strange and fascinating stories of our nation's great conflict Week 3: Challenging the Mind: Keeping Our Brains Active for Better Health Week 4: Double Loss of the HMS Bounty
ONLY 1 SEATS LEFT
Course OSH-125, Section 17
Starts : 7/7/2016 Ends : 7/28/2016
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$42

Chair Yoga

Also known as seated yoga,  Chair Yoga is ideal for the desk-bound, for travelers, golfers, and those in rehabilitation or physically challenged. Chair Yoga will introduce you to a series of the most effective yoga stretches, all done from the comfort of your chair.
Course OSH-216, Section 17
Starts : 7/5/2016 Ends : 7/28/2016
Meets on : Tuesday, Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$42

AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR

Course Description: Course description: The most important war America has fought was the one which kept our nation together. It was truly more revolutionary than our Revolutionary War in forging a nation without slavery, a strong federal government, and Lincoln's presidential leadership that stretched America to the Pacific Ocean. It killed more Americans than all the wars America has fought since then. And the results of this powerful event guide our actions in so many ways today.
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: OLLI WRITERS WORKSHOP

This OLLI writers group meets weekly to explore and critique writing in a safe space as all members have valuable stories and writings to share. All writers are welcome.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-382, Section 17
Starts : 7/8/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$0

OLLI COURSE SAMPLER

This 'course sampler' allows you to attend six individual lecture course meetings, on specific days, in order to sample the wonderful variety of courses that OLLI @ UM offers. Upon purchase of this sampler, you must communicate with the OLLI@UM office to let us know the six specific dates you will attend. The sampler course applies to lecture classes only (not applicable for language, art, computer, writing, literature courses).
No Scheduled Classes

VIVIENDO EL ESPANOL

¡Bienvenidos al mundo del español! This interactive grammar and conversation course will keep you on your “Spanish” toes! From discussing current topics, reading authentic news/magazine materials, watching film and video segments to learning useful advanced grammar, the purpose of this course is to prepare you to immerse yourself (and survive!) into all things Spanish with full confidence and pride. Vocabulary, main grammar points and cultural elements will all be presented in a relaxed, fund and family-like atmosphere. Come and join in on the fun – te esperamos!
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: SPANISH CONVERSATION LUNCH GROUP

If you can put sentences together and know some vocabulary, you're ready to join the Spanish Conversation Lunch Group! This group meets at 12:00 noon for about 55 minutes.
Course OSH-395, Section 17
Starts : 7/11/2016 Ends : 8/1/2016
Meets on : Monday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

ITALIAN, BASIC - PART E

Buon giorno! Welcome to Basic Italian – part E! This is a continuation of Basic Italian Part D. In this course you will continue learning the basic essentials to speak and write in Italian. Grammar points and cultural elements will be presented, all in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Come and join the fun! Siete Benvenuti!
No Scheduled Classes

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL TOPICS

Join Dr. Mitra Raheb for a stimulating discussion on international current events. This class will cover current events regarding nations and issues in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
No Scheduled Classes

INTERNATIONAL ACTION

This class is a discussion group, led by OLLI member Mr. Alan Dietz, dealing with explaining up-to-the-minute international affairs, politics, and intrigue in the major action centers of the world, with emphasis on Europe, China, India, Russia, Japan, Latin America,and of course the smoldering Middle East.
Course OSH-160, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 7/27/2016
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$30

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY 101: THE SMARTS OF MANAGING YOUR FINANCES

This course provides expert guidance so that you are confident making monetary decisions and securing your financial future. Topics include financial psychology; budgeting and account management; loans, debt, and credit profile (including identity theft); jobs and entrepreneurship; government influences and risk management; insurance.
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: SHAKESPEARE READING GROUP

In this session we will read one tragedy and one comedy. Class participants who sign up in advance collectively choose the plays to be read, and we aim towards Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night.
No Scheduled Classes

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: EXPLORE, DISCOVER & CAPTURE

Course OSH-930, Section 17
Starts : 7/5/2016 Ends : 7/26/2016
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$110

FRENCH BOOT CAMP - LES POUSSINS (beginners)

Learn French in this immersion-style, 5-day boot camp. Two levels are available. Beginner classes (Les Poussins) meet 3 hours each morning, 9:00am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Intermediate classes (Les Cadets) meet 3 hours each afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. This section is for BEGINNERS of French.
Course ILI-513, Section 01
Starts : 7/18/2016 Ends : 7/22/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$225
Course ILI-513, Section 02
Starts : 7/25/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$225

FRENCH BOOT CAMP - LES CADETS (Interm)

Learn French in this immersion-style, 5-day boot camp. Two levels are available. Beginner classes (LES POUSSINS) meet 3 hours each morning, 9:00am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Intermediate classes (LES CADETS) meet 3 hours each afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. This section is for INTERMEDIATE level speakers of French.
Course ILI-514, Section 01
Starts : 7/18/2016 Ends : 7/22/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$225
Course ILI-514, Section 02
Starts : 7/25/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$225

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - BEGINNERS

Learn Spanish in this immersion-style, 5-day boot camp. Two levels are available. Beginner classes meet 3 hours each morning, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Intermediate classes meet 3 hours each afternoon, 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. This section is for BEGINNERS in Spanish.
Course ILI-515, Section 01
Starts : 7/18/2016 Ends : 7/22/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$225
Course ILI-515, Section 02
Starts : 7/25/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$225

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - INTERMEDIATE

Learn Spanish in this immersion-style, 5-day boot camp. Two levels are available. Beginner classes meet 3 hours each morning, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Intermediate classes meet 3 hours each afternoon, 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. This section is for INTERMEDIATE/HIGH INTERMEDIATE speakers of Spanish.
Course ILI-516, Section 01
Starts : 7/18/2016 Ends : 7/22/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$225
Course ILI-516, Section 02
Starts : 7/25/2016 Ends : 7/29/2016
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$225

FROM IRVING BERLIN TO BURT BACHARACH - PART 1

Course Description: From Berlin to Bacharach features background and biographical material on each great pianist/composer as well as an explanation of the approach to musical style and the times each composer represented. During Summer 1 term, we will examine Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Aaron Copeland, and Frank Loesser.
No Scheduled Classes

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

Course Description: This class and its emphasis are on postural foundation and alignment of the body. A perfect class for the novice and anyone would like a beginning approach to yoga. NOTE: The student needs to be able to do yoga on a yoga mat and be able to get up and down off of the floor.
Course OSH-236, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 8/1/2016
Meets on : Monday, Wednesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$55

ITALIAN - INTERMEDIATE, PART E

No Scheduled Classes

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH - PART E

No Scheduled Classes

FROM IRVING BERLIN TO BURT BACHARACH - PART 2

Course Description: From Berlin to Bacharach (part 2) features background and biographical material on each great pianist/composer as well as an explanation of the approach to musical style and the times each composer represented. During Summer 2 term, we will examine Bernard Herrmann, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Mancini, and Burt Bacharach. The only prerequisite for this course is an interest in music!
Course OSH-168, Section 17
Starts : 7/11/2016 Ends : 7/25/2016
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$42

A MODERN VIEW OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Course Description: Constructed from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, the map of contemporary Arab states in the Middle East resulted from the Great Game played out by the European powers during the 19th century. Victim of international ambitions, but unable to define objectives for its future, the Middle East became vulnerable to conflicts due to its internal difficulties.
No Scheduled Classes

CLASSICAL MUSIC: 19th CENTURY NATIONAL MOVEMENTS AND WESTERN CL

This course presents select works by leading composers of Eastern and Central Europe, such as Smetana and Dvorák (Bohemia), The “Mighty Five”, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimski-Korsakov and Stravinsky (Russia), and Bartók (Hungary). These composers were not merely musical “emissaries” of the rising national movements in their respective lands, but were equally rooted in the Western musical traditions. The interesting juxtapositions and/or fusion of these two aesthetic approaches will be highlighted through representative works.
No Scheduled Classes

INDIA'S WOMEN (IN FILM)

Course description: Join India scholar, Dr. Ruth Rosenwasser, for this look at women in Indian films. This film series contains 4 films, one per week, to be viewed in class. Discussion led by Dr. Rosenwasser. 7/5: Fire by Deepa Mehta 7/12: Bhaji on the Beach 7/19: Four Women 7/26: Sita Sings the Blues
Course OSH-171, Section 17
Starts : 7/5/2016 Ends : 7/26/2016
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$42

HOW TO LOOK AT ART: FORM, CONTENT, CONTEXT

Course description: MEETS 7/6, 7/13, 7/27, AND 8/3 (4 class meetings)... a practical approach to looking and speaking about art is to begin with an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design (line, color, space, balance, symmetry, repetition, etc). These are the elements we will examine and the vocabulary which facilitates conversation about art. We will examine content (meaning and mood), context (life and times of a work of art), along with going on a virtual docent-led tour of the great art museums of the world.
Course OSH-172, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 8/3/2016
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$42

WRITERS' UNIQUE VOICES

Course description: Every professional and amateur writer composes with a unique voice. In this class we will be reading both short contemporary published works of fiction as well as non-fiction (essays). And for those who also like to write in their own unique voices, your pieces will be very welcomed additions. (However, no one has to write for this class. And there will be no pressure to do so.) Suggested purchase for essays: Life’s Lessons, prn by Paul M Gustman, M.D.
Course OSH-513, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 7/27/2016
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$42

MARK TWAIN

Course OSH-514, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 7/27/2016
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$42

THE ANATOMY OF A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Course Description: The "who, what, when, and where" of a performance. Live performances each week along with analysis of the basic elements of putting together a live performance.
No Scheduled Classes

POLYCHROME MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE

ONLY 2 SEATS LEFT
Course OSH-933, Section 17
Starts : 7/5/2016 Ends : 7/26/2016
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$105

ACRYLICS & WATERCOLOR - ADVANCED

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-934, Section 17
Starts : 7/6/2016 Ends : 7/27/2016
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$70