Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses

Fall 2021 Registration

Please note, classes will be offered in different modalities:                       In-person only, Zoom only, or Hybrid.

Online Registration: Starts August 2 until August 25.

Phone Assisted Registration: Starts August 18 until August 25 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please call 305-284-6554 and an OLLI staff member will assist you with your registration.

Registration information and all class information (times, days, overviews, and course descriptions) are available at: olli.dcie.miami.edu  Always check the website for current information and updates.

Scroll down to enroll in the course(s) you would like to take. 

SIG: Current Events (Zoom Only)

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
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:55 PM
$0

Tai Chi/Qigong (Zoom Only)

Tai Chi is a gentle and graceful movement class based on concepts originating in ancient China and is one of the most effective exercises for the health of the mind and body.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Monday, Wednesday
Time : 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
$125

Investments (Zoom Only)

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. Instructors: Mr. Haim Karp and Dr. Ed Harper.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$55

Acrylic Painting, Advanced (In-Person Only)

Painting with acrylics can be great fun. Come and experience the fun, ease and lack of boundaries this medium and class has to offer.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$125

Triumph and Tragedy: The Lives of Great Men (Zoom Only)

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!
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Spanish Basic, Pt. B (Zoom Only)

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Spanish, Basic, Pt. B. This is a continuation of Spanish, Basic, Pt. A.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Understanding the Universe: Quantum Entanglement and the Arrow..

(In-Person Only) Explore two great mysteries of our universe: the nature of time and quantum entanglement. Learn why Einstein said "the distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion." Find out why he called quantum entanglement "spooky action at a distance". This thought-provoking course will challenge your notion of reality.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

SIG: Book Club (Zoom Only)

Book Club is a member-driven discussion group facilitated by an OLLI member.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
$0

Basic IPhone Skills (Zoom Only)

Come learn about APPLE iPhone basic usage skills.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Chair Yoga (Zoom Only)

Chair Yoga is ideal for the desk-bound, 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.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$50
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$50

Italian Basic, Pt. B (Zoom Only)

In this course you will continue learning the basic essentials to speak and write in Italian. This course is designed for students who have completed Italian Basic, Pt. A or for those who have some knowledge of Italian.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Italian Intermediate, Pt. D (a continuation of Pt. C)

(Zoom Only) This course is designed for those students who have completed all levels of Italian Basic and Intermediate, Parts A, B and C or for those who are able to use present and past tenses.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

French Culture Through Film (In-Person Only)

In a series of three French films, this course proposes to show intercultural differences between the French and the American cultures.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Writer's Workshop (Zoom Only)

This workshop highlights personal writing. It offers peer review, constructive criticism, and an opportunity to read one’s work aloud in a supportive communal setting.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Global Viewpoints (Zoom Only)

This class will cover selected international topics and events involving nations and issues in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Spanish Intermediate, Pt. B (Zoom Only)

We will focus on grammar, vocabulary development, and speaking. Recommended that you have completed Spanish Intermediate, Pt. A.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Shakespeare Reading Group (Zoom Only)

The class will read one or two Shakespeare plays aloud in their entirety per session. Parts will be assigned and switched frequently, so everyone gets a chance to read major characters.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$50

Freestyle Yoga (Zoom Only)

This class and its emphasis are on postural foundation and alignment of the body.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$80
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$80

Italian Basic Conversation & Grammar (Zoom Only)

The course is taught entirely in Italian and is structured in two parts: 1) reinforcing grammar knowledge, 2) starting to speak, and putting into practice everything learned.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80

Introduction to iPhoneography (Zoom Only)

In this class you will learn how to take and edit photos using your iPhone.
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: In the News (Zoom Only)

Join this discussion group focused on what’s "in the news" each week.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
$0

Introduction to Pencil Drawing and Sketching (color pencils)

(In-Person Only) You learned to draw in the last session, now in this class, you will work in different mediums.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$125

Constitutional Law (Zoom Only)

Join UM Law School professor, Harvey Sepler, Esq., for this fascinating, educational class on the U.S. constitution.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$80

Organizing Your IPhone Photos: Creating Photo Books (Zoom Only

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.
No Scheduled Classes

Duke Ellington: Life & Legacy (Zoom Only)

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
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Intro to Google Apps (Hybrid)

Learn all about Google Apps.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$125
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$125

Osher Auditing Fee

No Scheduled Classes

Western Art, Masters and Masterpieces (Zoom Only)

These art history lectures concentrate on various artistic periods of Western Art.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Cafe Y Conversacion En Español, Pt. 1 (Zoom Only)

A conversation class for high intermediate to advanced students, who would like to improve fluency and expand vocabulary in an informal setting.
No Scheduled Classes

SIG: Monday Morning Quarterback - Sports Only (Zoom Only)

Discuss current events in the world of sports.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
$0

New Windows 10 Operating System for Personal Computer

(Hybrid) Learn Windows 10 operating system for your PC.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$125
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$125

Coping Skills, Pt. 2 (Zoom Only)

This course teaches additional coping skills to handle stressful life events more effectively. After this course, you should be better prepared to deal with life’s challenges.
No Scheduled Classes

Intermediate French, Pt. B (Zoom Only)

This is a course for those who have completed Everyday French for Beginners, Parts A-D, and Intermediate French, PT. A, or who can demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency. The course is taught entirely in French.
ONLY 4 SEATS LEFT
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Postural Stability, Balance & Mobility (Zoom Only)

According to physical therapists, structural balance is by far the most important thing needed for injury-prevention. Mobility training can improve the range of motion in joints/muscles and it can also assist in improving posture.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$80

Apple Care - Answers to Questions Regarding Apple Devices

(Hybrid) In this course, you will learn how some of your apple devices work. IPhone, IPad, Macbook or Pro, IMac.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$125
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$125

SIG: As the "Book" Pages Turn (Zoom Only)

This is a FREE SIG/CLUB where OLLI members chose a book to read and engage in a lively discussion. Whenever possible, the author will be invited to join the group to discuss his/her book.
THIS SECTION IS FULL
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
$0

Fit Mind - Evidence Based Exercises (Zoom Only)

This class will offer a mental and physical workout to sharpen your brain, improve concentration and coordination. Each week you will receive a protocol and a homework assignment to help you improve brain function.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$80

Cafe Y Conversacion En Espanol, Pt. 2 (Zoom Only)

A conversation class for high/intermediate to advanced students who would like to improve fluency and expand vocabulary in an informal setting.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Italian Intermediate & Advanced Conversation & Grammar

(Zoom Only) This course is designed for students who have already attended all levels of Italian grammar or for those who are able to use all tenses properly and feel fluent in the language talking about different topics.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80

Advanced Spanish, Pt. B (Zoom Only)

If you already took Advanced Spanish, Part A, this class is for you! You will be introduced to the subjunctive mode as follows: The subjunctive after certain conjunctions, the present perfect subjunctive, the imperfect subjunctive, and the pluperfect tense.
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Asia and its Position in the New World Order (Zoom Only)

In this course, we will examine the socioeconomic, historical, and political environment of specific Asiatic countries.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Advanced French (Zoom Only)

Have you completed all levels of French Intermediate and Advanced French, Pts. 1-3, or are you comfortable with French grammar and conversation? Then, this course is for you!
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80

Introduction to Drawing (Zoom Only)

This course will consist of six distinct lessons in drawing. By the end of the course, students will learn the various types of traditional drawing media, history of drawing and a litany of skills that will allow them to execute their visions.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$90

British & American Classical Literature (Zoom Only)

In this course, we will explore six authors and read one of their shorter works (under 250 pages). Biographical information and the context of each writer’s time and place will be presented. A lively discussion is a central part of the class.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

The Rise & Fall of Ancient Kingdoms, Pt. 1 (Hybrid)

This course focuses on Mesopotamia and what is today, Modern Iraq. We will discuss how the cultures in this region significantly impacted our civilization's economic, social, political, and scientific foundations.
No Scheduled Classes

Back to Basics: Understanding the Big Artistic Movements

(Hybrid) To appreciate art we do not need to understand it. In order to have a general concept of it, however, it is very helpful to have a timeline and an organized set of characteristics to help us differentiate between artistic movements and styles. Join us as we explore major artistic movements! Note: pay special attention to the dates of the class.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

The Impact of Jews on Classical Music, Pt. 2 (Zoom Only)

In this six-class course, we continue to explore the lives and works of musicians who conducted major orchestras, composers who set new rules and performers who gave virtuosity and showmanship another meaning. This is Part 2 of the class, but can be taken independently.
Starts : 10/25/2021 Ends : 12/6/2021
Meets on : Monday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80

Philosophy: Women of Ideas (Zoom Only)

This course will focus on the works and the role of female philosophers in Western culture from the 17th to the 20th century.
Starts : 10/26/2021 Ends : 12/7/2021
Meets on : Tuesday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80

Preserving Your Travel Memories (In-Person Only)

This class is for active & armchair travelers who want to hear/see many of the travel collections from one of the world’s most traveled women. The instructor has traveled to EVERY country in the world and has collected many items which have helped preserve her travel memories.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Harper Lee and Courtroom Trials (Zoom Only)

In this course, we will examine, Furious Hours by Casey Cep, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and as an option, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Religion in Human Evolution: The Axial Age, Part II

(Hybrid) This course is a continuation of Part 1 of Religion in Human Evolution: The Axial Age. In this course, we will examine how these forms of religion culminate in the Axial Age (a time, from roughly the 8th to the 5th centuries BCE).
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

A Taste for History: How Food Explains the World (Zoom Only)

This course will offer a culinary approach to world history, examining the role that food has played at various historical flashpoints, engendering migration of peoples, the rise and fall of civilizations, and inspiring technological innovation from ancient times to the present.
Starts : 10/27/2021 Ends : 12/8/2021
Meets on : Wednesday
Time : 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
$80

Two Generations, Two Decades: How the World War Generation (1938

(Hybrid) We will revisit two of the nation’s most critical decades (1950s & 60s) in an informative, educational, enlightening, and entertaining multimedia class.
ONLY 1 SEATS LEFT
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80
Starts : 10/28/2021 Ends : 12/9/2021
Meets on : Thursday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Investing In Commercial Real Estate (In-Person Only)

The course will begin with the instructor’s Big Six Formula for Achieving Wealth in Real Estate, which concentrates on income properties. You will learn the advantages of investment real estate compared to other investments.
No Scheduled Classes

Merging Stylistic Trends in the Works of Vivaldi, Handel, and JS

(Zoom Only) Merging vocal and instrumental styles was a pivotal concept in the music of late Baroque, This fascinating compositional resourcefulness will be demonstrated in select works by Vivaldi, Handel, and JS Bach.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Contemporary Italian Cinema (Zoom Only)

This course surveys the award-winning films and visionary directors of Italian cinema from the 1990s to the present day. The class is taught in English and all films are in Italian with English subtitles. Only select portions of the films will be viewed in class.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Art, Culture & Myths of the Northwest Coast, Hopi & Navajo Tribe

(Zoom Only) This course will compare and contrast the art, culture and myths of three very different tribal groups – the Northwest Coast, Hopi and Navajo. Lectures will be extensively illustrated with artifacts, both historic and contemporary, primarily from the instructors’ collection.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
$80

Latin American Studies II (Zoom Only)

In this course, we will continue to outline many of the theoretical currents of Latin American Studies as a discipline. We will continue to be introduced to different approaches in LAS, including visual and literary arts, sexuality and gender, colonialism and history, transnationalism, and indigeneity.
Starts : 10/29/2021 Ends : 12/10/2021
Meets on : Friday
Time : 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
$80