Osher - Coral Gables Courses

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Coral Gables Courses

Welcome to OLLI @ UM.

OLLI's home on the UM campus is located in 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.

Summer 1: May 11 - June 19, 2015

Summer 2: June 29 - August 31, 2015

Online: Open now!

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. Use the links above the list to sort by course name or day offered.

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 08
Starts : 7/10/2015 Ends : 7/31/2015
Meets on : Friday
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$0

TAI CHI

Course description: Tai chi is a gentle and graceful movement class designed to build better balance, coordination, and focus in older adults. Students are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing. Our program features Tony Garcia who is certified to teach Tai Chi for work, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

No Scheduled Classes

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 class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-310, Section 08
Starts : 6/29/2015 Ends : 7/27/2015
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 08
Starts : 6/29/2015 Ends : 7/27/2015
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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-901, Section 08
Starts : 6/29/2015 Ends : 7/27/2015
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$90

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.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-902, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$90

Watercolor 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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-903, Section 08
Starts : 7/2/2015 Ends : 7/30/2015
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$90

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.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-904, Section 08
Starts : 6/30/2015 Ends : 7/28/2015
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$90

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! Come listen to and meet Juan Ponce de Leon, Marco Polo, Sir Walter Raleigh, Miguel de Cervantes, Henry Hudson, and Thor Heyerdahl.
No Scheduled Classes

ITALIAN, ADVANCED

- NOTE: Class dates: 3/17 - 4/21. For Advanced Italian speakers... Come and join our innovative class that will also include cultural segments and many other surprises: siete benvenuti!

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COMPUTER BASICS 2

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

No Scheduled Classes

PHOTOGRAPHY – Adobe Photoshop Elements (Adobe PSE4 thru 13)

Learn techniques to enhance your digital images with Adobe Photoshop®, the most popular digital imaging software.
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Basic Spanish - part C (a continuation of Part B)

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Basic Spanish – part C. In this introductory course for beginners, 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! the basic essentials to speak and write in Spanish. Greetings, basic grammar points and cultural elements will be presented all in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Come and join in on the fun! ¡Nos vemos!
No Scheduled Classes

Auditing UM Courses - Fee to audit undergraduate classes at UM

Auditing Fee for OLLI members

Course OSH-001, Section C
Starts : 8/24/2015 Ends : 12/8/2015
Meets on :
Time : 0: AM - 0: AM
$400

OLLI TRAVEL ADVENTURES

Join some of your fellow OLLI members, adventurers, and authors, as they share the best parts of their trips. We will travel vicariously from one part of the globe to the other on this ‘around the world with OLLI members’ speaker series.

This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-725, Section 08
Starts : 6/29/2015 Ends : 7/27/2015
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$0

Art & Art History

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

SIG: French 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.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-332, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
$0

A Scientific Miscellany

Join Mr. Robert Dawson (as Robert Dawson) and be amused, entertained, and, most importantly, enlightened by the variety of miscellaneous subjects in this five-week educational series.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-813, Section 08
Starts : 7/2/2015 Ends : 7/30/2015
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$46

ITALIAN, INTERMEDIATE

NOTE: class dates: 3/19 - 4/23. Intermediate Italian: For OLLI students who have been studying Italian for a while, this is for the FORMER Basic group that has graduated to the next level but will still continue from where we last left off at the beginning of Summer.

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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!
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-352, Section 08
Starts : 6/30/2015 Ends : 7/28/2015
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$46

SUBJECTIVITIES: Documentary Film Series

This film course invites you to engage, discuss, and dissect six contemporary documentary films. A couple of factors to consider: how does a film evolve from beginning to end and how persuasive is its message? How does the director present a point of view about a person, idea, or event? Can a documentary ever be objective? You are invited to experience what modern filmmakers are trying to convey – let’s hear and discuss what they are trying to say!
No Scheduled Classes

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 08
Starts : 6/30/2015 Ends : 7/30/2015
Meets on : Tuesday, Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$46

GROWING WISE, NOT OLD (CIRCLE OF REFLECTIVE DIALOGUE)

Studies have shown that creativity contributes to our physical and emotional wellbeing as we age. Through creative and intelligent conversations on topics related to positive aging, you will deepen your insights and resources about the opportunities and challenges you face in the second part of life. In each session, participants will be guided through reflective dialogues to cultivate their wisdom, increase their self-awareness, and expand their potential to grow, learn, and make new connections.Instructor: Miriam Moussatche-Wechsler
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-219, Section 08
Starts : 6/30/2015 Ends : 7/28/2015
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$46

LONGING & BELONGING (FILM SERIES): SOUTH ASIANS IN THE DIASPORA

In this 6-week series, we will see films that express the longing of the characters for their homeland and their struggle for a sense of belonging in a new land.
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI EVENT: INDEPENDENCE DAY LUNCH & PIE POTLUCK

Bring your favorite kind of pie to share with your OLLI friends. OLLI@UM is celebrating Independence Day with a JULY 8th lunch & pie potluck. Enjoy kosher hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and ice cream. Bring a pie to share! Tickets required for this event.
Course OSH-012, Section 08
Starts : 7/8/2015 Ends : 7/8/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
$5

FRENCH BOOT CAMP (5 DAYS) - FOR BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE

Learn French in this immersion-style, 5-day boot camp. Two levels are available. Beginner classes (SECTION 08) meet 3 hours each morning, 9:00am to 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday. Intermediate classes (SECTION 18) meet 3 hours each afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. This section is for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members only.
Course OSH-371, Section 08
Starts : 8/10/2015 Ends : 8/14/2015
Meets on :
Time : 0: AM - 0: AM
$175
Course OSH-371, Section 18
Starts : 8/17/2015 Ends : 8/21/2015
Meets on :
Time : 0: AM - 0: AM
$175

FRENCH GRAMMAR & PRONUNCIATION, INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate French Grammar & Pronunciation concentrates on firming up the fundamentals of French so that when you speak, you say exactly what you mean to say. This session, we will focus on the forms and use of present tense verbs, as well as on correcting common pronunciation errors. Join us, and prepare to participate!
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 class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-382, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$0

HELPING YOURSELF & OTHERS THRU LIFE'S SORROWS

How do people get through terrible times? What can family friends, and professionals do to help and not make things worse? How do you find your way, help another, allow gladness and peace within you again? This experiential course includes exercises for grief and stress as well as practical work in a warm and sharing atmosphere.
No Scheduled Classes

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).
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-015, Section 08
Starts : 6/29/2015 Ends : 7/31/2015
Meets on :
Time : 0: AM - 0: AM
$65

OLLI GOES TO THE MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS

Join your OLLI colleagues and classmates for a field trip to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Trip Date: Thursday, May 7. Cost: $55 (all inclusive of R/T bus transportation, entrance fee, docent-led tour of museum, lunch at museum cafe, garden visit)
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI GOES TO THE MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS (GUEST)

Join your OLLI friends as a guest on this field trip to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Cost: $55 (all inclusive of R/T bus transportation, entrance fee, docent-led tour of museum, lunch at the museum cafe, garden visit).
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI presents: MEDICARE ABC's with Mr. Jae Oh, MBA, CFP

OLLI@UM welcomes Mr. Jae Oh for a special information session on MEDICARE ABC's. Join us on MAY 18th at 3:00pm at OLLI@UM. Register early!!! It's FREE for members and their guests.
No Scheduled Classes

ISLAM 101

This six-week lecture series will examine the fundamentals of Islam, its way of life, civilization, and culture.
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HERSTORY: Famous Women You've Never Heard of

Since the origin of the species, half of all human beings have been female. Yet "history" is almost always about, and recounted by men. This course will explore some of the forgotten women of "herstory" from ancient times to the present--political leaders and warriors; mystics and martyrs; travelers and explorers; scholars and scientists; and authors and artists. We'll discover fascinating details about the lives and careers of famous women you've never heard of--and even some you have!
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YOUNG AT HEART

There are many factors in our life that we can control to live well. Perhaps we really need to assess and honestly interpret how we choose to live, because sometime, somewhere along the way, we may have forgotten and lost our idea of how to live our personal best. These interactive sessions will offer an opportunity to gain insight and connect with others through the dialogues on topics related to conscious aging. Learn from cutting-edge research, enhance your sense of empowerment and discover new resources that can inspire you to improve your quality of life and remain young at heart.
No Scheduled Classes

FRENCH, BASIC - PART E

Beginning French E expands upon the materials learned in Beginning French A through D. Join us, and prepare to participate! Students with online access and a printer should download and print weekly class handouts.
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

FRENCH CONVERSATION, ADV: ANNA GAVALDA

Anna Gavalda is an acclaimed French novelist whose 1999 collection of short stories, Je Voudrais Que Quelqu'un M'Attende Quelque Part won the 2000 Grand prix RTL-Lire and was later translated into numerous languages, including English. We will consider several of the short stories in this collection, with particular emphasis on their portrayal of life in contemporary France. Students need to bring electronic or hard copy of Je Voudrais Que Quelqu'un M'Attende Quelque Part by Anna Gavalda (ave. cost $6), paper, pencil/pen. Required reading for this course in French.
No Scheduled Classes

FRENCH CONVERSATION, INTERMEDIATE: PRACTICAL FRENCH FOR TRAVEL

If you've studied French, but find yourself at a loss for words the instant you land in Paris or Montreal, this is the course for you! Building upon theme-based vocabulary lists, students will engage in practical group exercises designed to transform them from casual tourists to seasoned travelers. Taught in French. Class handouts will be distributed via email and in class. Suggested: online or print French dictionary of your choice. Instructor: Dr. Nancy Lawther.
No Scheduled Classes

CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL ESSAY

Good writing is the opposite of the ubiquitous and ill-conceived high school and college staple: the five-paragraph essay. No one wants to read anything that boring. At our ages, we are saturated with information. In this class, you will be processing a personal essay that reflects your unique voice. Suggested (not required) text: Crafting the Personal Essay by Dinty W. Moore.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-397, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$46

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

LIVES & WORK OF IMPRESSIONIST ARTISTS

Impressionism is one of the most known artistic movements. Its colors, brushstrokes, and style are easily spotted. The names of the artists who were responsible for this change in painting are known to anybody who has been to a museum or has admired works of art. Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Degas, and Renoir are probably the best known. Their lives are entangled with their work, their creativity with the circumstances they encountered. This 4-WEEK lecture series will analyze their work and their life experience. Dates: 5/11, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15
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INTERPRETING & EVALUATING MUSICAL WORKS

This lecture series explores our individual preconceptions and evaluations of diverse and controversial musical topics, such as the notions of classical masterpieces, interpretative approaches to musical works, and accepted performing styles.
No Scheduled Classes

WOMEN IN SONG

Join musicians Joe Donato and Brian Murphy for this educational and entertaining 6-week series of tributes to the great women in song.
No Scheduled Classes

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER TRAINING

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HISTORY OF HUMOR: A HUNDRED YEARS OF HUMOR

Summertime is a time to cool off and relax. This lighthearted and fun summer course will explore a century of humor and the evolution of what has made us laugh: Will Rogers; vaudeville and variety shows; screwball comedy shows in movies and on television; late night talk shows and the contemporary comedy of Jon Stewart;, Stephen Colbert and Jon Oliver. We'll trace the changes in the kinds of entertainment that have made people laugh.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-154, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$46

IMAGES OF WOMEN IN ART

This lecture series will focus on three overriding images of women in art: women as warriors, women as Madonna, and women as Venuses. We will trace the warrior queens, Madonna, and Venuses from their beginning through the Renaissance and to contemporary works of art. This class will contain lecture and interactive discussion.
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-778, Section 08
Starts : 6/30/2015 Ends : 7/28/2015
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$46

ASPECTS OF GREAT MUSIC

This course will survey the world of the concert pianists both past and present. It will also explore how opera expresses "Love," and how music recreates Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - (The balcony scene) - via opera, ballet, and symphonic treatments. Join Mr. Mort Slakoff for this 4-week course.
Course OSH-779, Section 08
Starts : 7/10/2015 Ends : 7/31/2015
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$46

MUSIC & THE GREAT DIVIDE

Join Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp for a discussion of the major socio-cultural shifts that have democratized and capitalized music for the masses over the past five centuries. This lecture series will take a look at how music has become more available to average people and how this has impacted composers and performers.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-782, Section 08
Starts : 7/1/2015 Ends : 7/29/2015
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$46

OLLI GOES TO THE PAMM (PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI)

Join your OLLI friends and classmates for a tour of the new Perez Art Museum Miami in downtown Miami. The trip includes round-trip bus transportation from OLLI, guided tour of the museum, lunch at the museum cafe, and time for strolling the galleries. Deadline to register/pay is June 19th.
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI GOES TO THE PAMM (PEREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI) - GUEST

Join your friends at UM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for a field trip to the Perez Art Museum Miami. Trip fee includes round-trip transportation from UM's OLLI to the museum, lunch at the museum cafe, and a tour of the museum. Registration deadline is June 19th.
No Scheduled Classes