Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute -  Courses

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 2: JUNE 12 - JULY 21 (no classes 7/4)

drop/add period for Summer 2 classes ends June 19

FALL 1: SEPTEMBER 5 - OCTOBER 16

FALL 2: OCTOBER 30 - DECEMBER 15 (no classes 11/20 - 11/24)

 

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 or at the Village of Pinecrest Community Center

LOCATION: OLLI Coral Gables campus location: 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL  33146

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. 

Current Events Lunch Group

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 group 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 28
Starts : 6/16/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Friday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

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 28
Starts : 6/12/2017 Ends : 7/17/2017
Meets on : Monday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

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 class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-401, Section 28
Starts : 6/12/2017 Ends : 7/17/2017
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$30

Computer Basics

In this class you’ll learn how to identify the components and how to use some of the basic programs of your computer.

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! SPRING 2: Paul Gauguin, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, Albert Einstein. SUMMER 1: MEN OF THE OLD WEST: Wyatt Earp, Mark Twain, Edward S. Curtis, Jim Baker, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody.
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI Poetry Club

This 55 minute club will focus on the poetry of Wallace Stevens.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-334, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

OLLI Book Club

Join other OLLI members for a lively and engaging book discussion! This session they will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-335, Section 28
Starts : 6/14/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

Great Decisions 2017

Global challenges have increasingly become domestic challenges with events in the remotest parts of the world affecting our lives in myriad ways. Great Decisions takes you beyond the headlines by providing a look at some of the most significant and far-reaching challenges facing the world.
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 6 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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-125, Section 28
Starts : 6/15/2017 Ends : 7/20/2017
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$63

French Language Conversation Club

The OLLI French Language Conversation Club is open to all OLLI members who are in our French classes or who just want the opportunity to practice their French and share their experiences. This class is limited to 10 participants. You must register in order to attend this class.
No Scheduled Classes

BASIC SPANISH - PART E

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

Unsung Heroes of the Universe

This is the story of six individuals who -- despite extraordinary achievements in quantum mechanics, general relativity, astronomy, cosmology, and space exploration -- remain for the most part unknown to the general public. Come explore their remarkable lives and extraordinary scientific breakthroughs. Presented in everyday language all can understand.
No Scheduled Classes

IPHONE AND IPAD BASICS

Come learn about iPhone basic usage skills, including: contacts, camera, applications, on line purchasing, on line registration, timer, Internet, messenger, emailing, and texting.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-921, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$55

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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-216, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/20/2017
Meets on : Tuesday, Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$63

Spanish Language Conversation Club

If you can put sentences together and know some vocabulary, you're ready to join the Spanish Conversation Club!
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-358, Section 28
Starts : 6/15/2017 Ends : 7/20/2017
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

SPANISH, BASIC - PART D (a continuation of Part C)

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Basic Spanish, Part D! In this introductory course, you will continue learning the basic essentials to speak and write in Spanish. Greetings, basic grammar points, and cultural elements will be presented, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Come and join us!
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI WRITERS WORKSHOP

This group of OLLI writers 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 group is led by OLLI members.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-382, Section 28
Starts : 6/16/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$30

OLLI FIELD TRIP - New World Symphony - GUEST with bus

3/24/17: Day trip to the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, FL. Price includes round-trip bus transportation, symphony rehearsal, lunch at restaurant on historic iconic Lincoln Road. 4/7/17: Day trip to the New World Symphony on Miami Beach, FL. Price includes round-trip bus transportation and symphony rehearsal. You will be given time to have lunch on your own on historic nearby Lincoln Road.
No Scheduled Classes

WORLD WAR II: The War that Saved Us All

A lecture series on what has been called the most important event in history. Between 1938 and 1945, the psychopathic madness of German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and the savagery of the Japanese Empire led to 50 million deaths and almost toppled the entire civilized world. The conflict also changed warfare forever by ushering in the use of nuclear weapons. World War 2 created the world we own today.
No Scheduled Classes

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER TRAINING

Course description: This course is not a beginner’s course. You should have already completed (or have the knowledge from) Basic Computer Training before taking this course.Intermediate Computer Training 1. Getting started with Word, 2. Formatting text , Modifying Page Layout 3. Working with Tables , Using Templates, 4. Learning the Cloud saving process
No Scheduled Classes

TUTTI A BORDO

Benvenuti al mondo d'italiano! This interactive Italian course will keep you "bello ed aggiornato" with your previously acquired Italian skills!
No Scheduled Classes

Global Viewpoints

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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-160, Section 28
Starts : 6/14/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$30

REAL TALK WITH ARTHUR

In this group discussion class, we will discuss a variety of topics such as impatience, holding on vs. letting go, compassion, loving kindness, acceptance of self and others, and our uniqueness through interaction, music, poetry and fun activities in class.
No Scheduled Classes

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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-235, Section 28
Starts : 6/16/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$30

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH, PART D

No Scheduled Classes

YOGA FOR HEALTH & 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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-236, Section 28
Starts : 6/12/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Monday, Wednesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$100

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH - PART E

No Scheduled Classes

Current Topics in Modern Middle Eastern History

PLEASE NOTE: Class meeting dates: 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31. This course is dedicated to the study of the Middle East and North Africa’s modern history, with special focus on crucial conflicts and political events that are having a great impact in that region.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-169, Section 28
Starts : 6/14/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$63

INTRO TO THE HUMANITIES

This course highlights the major accomplishments of humankind in the areas of art, architecture, music, dance, drama and literature and gives an understanding of some of the major philosophical themes and issues that tie these areas together within a historical, chronological framework to encourage aesthetic and intellectual appreciation.
No Scheduled Classes

IPHONEOGRAPHY

In this class you will explore various ways to capture and process images with your iPhone, and you'll learn to create stunning results using a variety of apps.
No Scheduled Classes

SMARTPHONE 101: ANDROID PHONES & TABLETS

This interactive course will cover the basic operation Android smartphones and tablets such as Samsung products. Students will learn how to use voice dictation programs, web searches, make appointments on the calendar, buy online, watch videos, and read free magazines and newspapers and e-books online. Students will explore new generation technology including telephoning, texting, and photos in addition to accomplishing useful tasks on their smartphones.
No Scheduled Classes

NOTABLE AMERICAN ARTISTS

Although the art scene in the United States did not develop fully until the end of WWII, artist form America, like Cassatt and Whistler, have been traveling abroad to get acquainted with avant-garde artistic movements. During and after WWII the influx of immigrants changed the way art was created in America, bringing fresh ideas from other countries. Immigrant artists like Gorky, Rothko and De Kooning developed a new form of art; while American born artists like Pollock, Rauschenberg, and others created their own view. This course will study some of these artists and their lives, ending with the analysis of some of the most controversial artists like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
No Scheduled Classes

MASTERS OF MODERN ART

Come learn about artists and their artwork in this lecture class with art historian, consultant, and specialist Mr. Armando Droulers.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-837, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$55

THE ARTS OF EGYPT & THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST

Some of the arts from our early civilizations are familiar, but their subtleties and hidden meanings are not. Some is foreign and opaque. Make friends with the pictorial devices of these cultures to see what the art has to say about its times. Join Ms. Linda Chapin, M.A., a lecturer on indigenous peoples and early Western civilizations, traveler, art & artifact collector, and an OLLI member, for this series.
No Scheduled Classes

EVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF HUMANS

The basic tenets of evolutionary theory, consideration of specific human traits such as walking upright, human hands and feet, large brain, mating system, language, racial differences, and other traits; evidence from fossils and genetics; ultimate origins.
No Scheduled Classes

SHYLOCK: THE ORIGINAL AND THE LATEST

We will be reading Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice first, followed by the recently published reworking of that play, but as a novel, titled Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson who won the Man Booker Prize for an earlier novel.
No Scheduled Classes

CLASSICAL MUSIC STRUCTURES

This lecture class is a review of the most common structural principles in the Classical Instrumental repertoire from the late 17th through the 19th centuries. Examples are drawn from well-known works by leading composers.
No Scheduled Classes

THE RAT PACK: MUSIC & MORE

An in depth look at one of America's enduring art and entertainment institutions, The Rat Pack! Weekly topics include: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford & Joey Bishop, and Shirley McLaine & Angie Dickinson.
No Scheduled Classes

CONSPIRACY!

No Scheduled Classes

APRIL OLLI Field Trip - New World Symphony (includes transport)

APRIL 7: New World Symphony Rehearsal Observation of DAPHNIS AND CHLOE and round-trip luxury coach transportation. You will be given time for lunch on your own on Miami Beach's Lincoln Road.
No Scheduled Classes

APRIL OLLI Field Trip - New World Symphony (no transportation)

APRIL 7: New World Symphony Rehearsal Observation of DAPHNIS AND CHLOE and round-trip luxury coach transportation. You will be given time for lunch on your own on Miami Beach's Lincoln Road.
No Scheduled Classes

OSHER FIELD TRIP - GUEST

No Scheduled Classes

PICTURING AMERICA WITH THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14: "TO SEE IS TO THINK." Learn the language of art and consider the many choices artists make when creating their works. This session will focus on the analysis, interpretation, and critique of artworks, providing a foundation and common vocabulary for subsequent sessions.
No Scheduled Classes

PICTURING AMERICA WITH THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21: 'EARLY AMERICA.' Made as Americans transformed themselves from colonists to citizens of a new nation, early American art tells the story of national ambitions, territorial expansion, and the beginnings of industry.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-039, Section 28
Starts : 6/21/2017 Ends : 6/30/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$20

PICTURING AMERICA WITH THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

WEDNESDAYJUNE 28. 'WARS AT HOME AND ABROAD.' Beginning with the Civil War and stretching through WWII, artists' depictions of America during troubled times reflect a changing national identity.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-040, Section 28
Starts : 6/28/2017 Ends : 6/30/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$20

PICTURING AMERICA WITH THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

WEDNESDAY JULY 5: 'CONTEMPORARY LIFE.' Americans entering the post-War era experienced a boom time colored by global uncertainty. Artists grappled with how to reflect America's changing social and political landscape: some raised questions about the value of art and history, while others confronted issues of race and gender inequality.
Course OSH-041, Section 28
Starts : 7/5/2017 Ends : 7/7/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$20

EVOLVING IN THE 21st CENTURY: successful aging

Come listen to research faculty from the Center on Aging at the University of Miami in this speaker series. Presenters will focus on “Evolving in the 21st Century”; what do we know, what are the myths, and the work that the University of Miami's Center on Aging is doing to promote successful aging.
No Scheduled Classes

INTRO TO MONEY BASICS FOR WOMEN

No Scheduled Classes

6 OPERAS IN 6 WEEKS

No Scheduled Classes

SONGWRITERS & THEIR SONGS

Join educator and entertainer extraordinaire, Mr. Joe Donato, accompanied by his saxophone and by pianist Brian Murphy, for this look at some of the best songwriters and the songs they wrote. Artists include: Yip Harburg, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, The Bergmans, Jobin and Sondheim.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-244, Section 28
Starts : 6/12/2017 Ends : 7/17/2017
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$63

REMARKABLE WOMEN IN MUSIC

In this course, we trace the evolution of women in music as composers, arrangers, and performers from the Blues thru Musical Theatre and Jazz to 20th Century classical composers and the breakout vocalists of the 21st century. Join Brian Murphy, pianist & composer, for this remarkable class on remarkable women.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-245, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$55

NUCLEAR ENERGY DISCUSSION GROUP

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-246, Section 28
Starts : 6/15/2017 Ends : 7/20/2017
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

OLLI WRITERS CLUB

This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-344, Section 28
Starts : 6/14/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

FRENCH BOOT CAMP - LES POUSSINS - BEGINNERS

Course OSH-416, Section 28
Starts : 7/17/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-416, Section 29
Starts : 7/24/2017 Ends : 7/28/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235

FRENCH BOOT CAMP - LES CADETS - INTERMEDIATE

Course OSH-417, Section 28
Starts : 7/17/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-417, Section 29
Starts : 7/24/2017 Ends : 7/28/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - BEGINNERS

Course OSH-418, Section 28
Starts : 7/17/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-418, Section 29
Starts : 7/24/2017 Ends : 7/28/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - INTERMEDIATE

Course OSH-419, Section 28
Starts : 7/17/2017 Ends : 7/21/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-419, Section 29
Starts : 7/24/2017 Ends : 7/28/2017
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS (PSE 4-15) PART B

This course is a continuum and refresher of Adobe Photoshop Elements. Practice more digital imaging techniques by unleashing these Adobe tools. It will be a hands on experience in the OLLI-UM PC computer room. Practice with your own Adobe Elements software at home. You will learn how to employ the best selection tools, become proficient with gradients, bracketing, panorama techniques, adjustment layers, multiple layer composites, copywriting, adding text, signing, sharpening, color adjustments, luminescence adjustments, noise removal, dodging and burning, healing, framing, and preparing images for printing.
No Scheduled Classes

IPHONE & IPAD - INTERMEDIATE

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-936, Section 28
Starts : 6/14/2017 Ends : 7/19/2017
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
$63

INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN - PART F

This Intermediate Italian class is a continuation of Part E. Your instructor is Mr. Manuel Rossi.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-346, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$55

WATERCOLOR OPEN STUDIO

In the Open Studio Watercolor class, students have the opportunity to paint on their own at their own level. NOTE: This open studio has no instructor present during the class.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-937, Section 28
Starts : 6/13/2017 Ends : 7/18/2017
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$30