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 for SPRING 2018 classes will open about one month before classes begin. Our Spring 2018 classes begin the week of January 16, 2018. Registering yourself is the best way to secure your seat in our popular classes!

UPCOMING CLASS SESSION DATES:

SPRING 1: January 16 - February 26

SPRING 2: March 5 - April 13

SUMMER 1: April 23 - June 1

SUMMER 2: JUNE 18 - JULY 27

Phone registration for SPRING classes 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. 

LEFT SOMETHING BEHIND?

OLLI at UM keeps a lost & found shelf in the OLLI cafe/lounge or at the OLLI reception desk. Property is held for 3 months, after which time it will be given to UM central Lost & Found at the UC or donated to charity. 

CURRENT EVENTS LUNCH CLUB

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. Facilitator: HAIM KARP
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-101, Section 39
Starts : 6/22/2018 Ends : 7/27/2018
Meets on : Friday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

TAI CHI

This class meets TWICE a week for 1 hour; sometimes it meets outside in the fresh air. 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. Instructor: TONY GARCIA

No Scheduled Classes

FUN WITH YIDDISH LUNCH CLUB

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. Instructor: LORRAINE FEUER

THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-310, Section 39
Starts : 6/18/2018 Ends : 7/23/2018
Meets on : Monday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

ADVENTURES IN MUSICOLOGY: What's around town

This course highlights concert performances that will be presented in Miami during the current concert season by various South Florida and other musical organizations. The musicological approach will focus on the physical, psychological, aesthetic and cultural phenomenon of the pieces. Instructor: DR. EUGENE GRECO
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PAINTING WITH ACRYLICS, BEGINNING AND 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. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: JIM BRENNAN
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-901, Section 39
Starts : 6/18/2018 Ends : 7/23/2018
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$120

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. Click on course title for more details Instructor: JIM BRENNAN
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-902, Section 39
Starts : 6/20/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$120

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. This class introduces and includes basic techniques, principles of color, composition, and design and using photographs for reference. This class is limited to the first 12 registrants. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: JIM BRENNAN
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-903, Section 39
Starts : 6/21/2018 Ends : 7/26/2018
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$120

WATERCOLOR PAINTING ADVANCED

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. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: JIM BRENNAN
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-904, Section 39
Starts : 6/19/2018 Ends : 7/24/2018
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$120

INTRO TO 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. This course will cover types of computers, operating systems, applications, the cloud and a whole lot more. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: JOAN NURSE

No Scheduled Classes

TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY: GREAT MEN IN HISTORY

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! Click on course title for more details. Instructor: ROBERT DAWSON
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-105, Section 39
Starts : 6/21/2018 Ends : 7/26/2018
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$66

ITALIAN, ADVANCED

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

No Scheduled Classes

OLLI BOOK CLUB

Read, discuss and enjoy good literature. The Book Club is a member-driven discussion group facilitated by an OLLI member. It is a committed group whose sole purpose is to have a lively and engaging discussion about the novel(s) chosen to read. Click on course title for more details. Facilitator: SUSAN KING
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-335, Section 39
Starts : 6/20/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

SHAKESPEARE: Play Reading & Discussion Group

Course is a continuation of on-going class reading the plays. We will read about three plays in twelve weeks, including watching a DVD of each play to crystallize what we have read in class, usually filmed from the Globe Theatre in London. Facilitator: GEORGE WENDELL
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-338, Section 39
Starts : 6/22/2018 Ends : 7/27/2018
Meets on : Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$35

Social Media: Facebook & Twitter & More

Learn how to navigate in the Social Media World: Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and others. Click on course title for details. Instructor: JOAN NURSE
No Scheduled Classes

IPHONE BASICS = APPLE products

Come learn about APPLE iPhone basic usage skills, including: contacts, camera, applications, on line purchasing, on line registration, timer, Internet, messenger, emailing, and texting. Instructors: JOAN VALDES, Esq. and JOSIE ZOMERFELD
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. Instructor: NINA RAMOS
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-216, Section 39
Starts : 6/18/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Monday, Wednesday
Time : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$66

FRENCH CULTURE THROUGH FILM

In a series of three French films, this course proposes to show intercultural differences between the French and the American cultures. Films would be viewed by half segments and discussed thoroughly afterwards, following a set of guidelines and questions that would direct the viewer’s attention to various cultural factors during the film. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: VALERIE SUTTER
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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! Click on course title for more details. Instructor: GEORGE WENDELL
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-382, Section 39
Starts : 6/22/2018 Ends : 7/27/2018
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$35

VIVIENDO EL ESPANOL (adv. grammar and conversation in Spanish)

¡Bienvenidos al mundo del español! This interactive grammar and conversation course will keep you on your “Spanish” toes! Click on course title for more details. instructor: MANNY GARCIA-ROSSI
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! Instructor: MANNY GARCIA-ROSSI
No Scheduled Classes

GLOBAL VIEWPOINTS

This class will cover selected international topics and events involving nations and issues in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Instructor: DR. MITRA RAHEB
No Scheduled Classes

EXCEL BASICS for Lifelong Learners

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. Instructor: JOAN NURSE
No Scheduled Classes

INTERNATIONAL ACTION

"International Action" is a discussion group 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. Facilitator: ALAN DIETZ
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-160, Section 39
Starts : 6/20/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$35

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: EXPLORE, DISCOVER AND CAPTURE

Explore South Florida's imaginative architectural and natural environments. Discover the historic Art Deco styles on South Beach and the Mediterranean Architecture of the Biltmore. Go on an African Safari at Zoo Miami and capture the flora and fauna of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: KARL KOSLOWSKI
No Scheduled Classes

YOGA FOR HEALTH

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. Instructor: NINA RAMOS
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-236, Section 39
Starts : 6/18/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Monday, Wednesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$100

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. Instructor: DR. EUGENE GRECO
No Scheduled Classes

PREPARIAMOCI! MASTER COURSE IN ITALIAN GRAMMAR AND CONVERSATION

Not feeling ready to take the Tutti a Bordo course? Feel the need to refine your Italian grammar skills? This course is desined for those who have already taken Advanced Italian but want to hone their grammar skills. This course may be taken along with Tutti a Bordo. Instructor: MANNY ROSSI-GARCIA
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI COMMUNITY CHORUS: Let's sing

The OLLI Community Chorus will rehearse weekly. Instruction will include proper breathing and phonation for singing, as well as music reading skills. We will be singing songs from various periods and styles of the standard choral repertoire (folk songs, the Great American Songbook, Broadway and pop standard tunes). Instructor: DR. EUGENE GRECO
No Scheduled Classes

ANDROID Introduction to Smartphones

How to use the Android Phone; using the navigation keys; syncing email and social networking; creating and managing your contacts; using your camera; call logs and messaging; saving the battery life and ringtones. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: JOAN NURSE
No Scheduled Classes

ART MASTERS AND MASTERPIECES

Come learn about artists and their artwork in this lecture class with art historian, consultant, and specialist. Instructor: ARMANDO DROULERS
No Scheduled Classes

OLLI SUNSHINE WRITERS CLUB

Join this group of OLLI members who also are writers. This club meets for 55 minutes at noon and is a workshop where writers share and explore in a creative atmosphere. Facilitator: ELLEN KAPLOWITZ
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-344, Section 39
Starts : 6/20/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - BEGINNERS

Join one of our language boot camps this summer. In July, we will offer 5-day dynamic boot camps for Spanish. Beginners meet in the mornings, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to noon. Join your OLLI friends, and immerse yourself into our Spanish language boot camps this summer! Instructor: SUSAN DOW
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-418, Section 39
Starts : 7/16/2018 Ends : 7/20/2018
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-418, Section A
Starts : 7/23/2018 Ends : 7/27/2018
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$235

SPANISH BOOT CAMP - INTERMEDIATE

Join one of our language boot camps this summer. In July, we will offer 5-day dynamic boot camps for Spanish. Already speak some Spanish? That’s great! Intermediate to advanced speakers meet in the afternoons, Mondays to Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Join your OLLI friends, and immerse yourself into our Spanish language boot camps this summer! Instructor: LUIS CARLOS FALLON
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-419, Section 39
Starts : 7/16/2018 Ends : 7/20/2018
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235
Course OSH-419, Section A
Starts : 7/23/2018 Ends : 7/27/2018
Meets on : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$235

IPHONE INTERMEDIATE = APPLE PRODUCTS

Continuation of the Basic Skills class but with more attention to detail and past skills. Instructors: JOAN VALDES, Esq and JOSIE ZOMERFELD
No Scheduled Classes

MAH JONGG

Taking someone who has never played before through complete understanding of the game, including strategies. Minimum 10 participants, maximum 16. Instructor: MAUREEN GLABMAN
No Scheduled Classes

IN THE NEWS

Join this discussion group focused on what’s ‘in the news’ each week. Bring your open-mindedness and civil discourse to this OLLI member club. This club is led by Mr. Haim Karp and Mr. Leslie Gross and Ms. Janet Krutchik, OLLI members.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Course OSH-253, Section 39
Starts : 6/19/2018 Ends : 7/24/2018
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

PENCIL DRAWING AND SKETCHING

Learn to draw with a direct observation with an emphasis on dry media such as pencil. The class will prepare you to create quick drawings and focus on drawing media, techniques, and subject matter. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: ANITA KLIMEK
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-938, Section 39
Starts : 6/19/2018 Ends : 7/24/2018
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$120

INTRO TO DRAWING AND SKETCHING (Pencil and Charcoal)

In this class, participants will learn to work in charcoal and learn to draw using charcoal sticks. Instructor: ANITA KLIMEK
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-939, Section 39
Starts : 6/20/2018 Ends : 8/1/2018
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$120

INTRO TO SOCIAL MEDIA

Learn how to navigate in the Social Media World: Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, and others. Instructor: JOAN NURSE
No Scheduled Classes

INTERMEDIATE IPHONEOGRAPHY

You must have an iphone 5 or later and an iTunes account and password. This course is ideal for someone who took the introduction Iphoneography course. Instructor: SUSAN DOW
No Scheduled Classes

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Join UM Law School professor, Harvey Sepler, Esq., for this fascinating, educational class on the U.S. constitution. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: HARVEY SEPLER, Ph.D., J.D.
No Scheduled Classes

CREATING IPHONE PHOTO ALBUMS

The goal of this course is to learn what to do with the pictures we take with our iPhones, so that we can enjoy the iPhone photo experience from beginning to end, including browsing, organizing and sharing our photos. For that purpose, we will explore “digital” ways to organize the photos in albums directly on your iPhones, as well as ideas to convert your “digital” photos to beautiful paper photo albums. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: EDUARDO RIOS
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OLLI CUISINE

Learn Easy Gourmet Cooking in this class with Chef Giselle Fairbank. Learn easy gourmet recipes and creative ideas. Cook up some sensational cuisine in this hands-on cooking class. Prepare, learn, and EAT what you prepare! Click on course title for more details. Instructor Chef: GISELLE FAIRBANK. LOCATION: Patti & Allan Herbert Wellness Center
No Scheduled Classes

DUKE ELLINGTON: LIFE & LEGACY

Duke Ellington is considered by many to be one of America's most brilliant jazz composers of the twentieth century. Ellington's classics include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Mood Indigo," and "I Let a Song Get Out of My Heart." Ellington's legacy is that he remains one of the greatest talents in all of jazz, a remarkable feat considering the history of jazz is packed with legendary names. His influence over musicians is as important today as it was during Ellington's time. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: BRIAN MURPHY
This class has started and is not accepting new registrations.
Course OSH-268, Section 39
Starts : 6/19/2018 Ends : 7/24/2018
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$66

UNDERSTANDING & ENJOYING CUBAN MUSIC

CANCELLED in Summer 2. Instructor: LUIS SERRANO
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EVERYDAY MOVEMENT

FE:AL™ Theory is designed to specifically offset the effects of the Sedentary lifestyle, presented every moment of every day in every space. The purpose of this class is to in a sense, reintroduce subtle postural movements and their many benefits (blood circulation, muscle activation, stress reduction) to each student, and in time, allow them to achieve a better understanding of their own movement impediments and physical sensations. Click on course title for more details. Instructor: LUIGI PISSANI
No Scheduled Classes