OLLI to host open house Aug. 20

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OLLI to host open house Aug. 20


Curiosity never retires at the Osher Lifelong Institute at Nebraska. OLLI will host a free open house from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 at the downtown Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St.

The institute’s courses, events and travel opportunities are designed specifically for people age 50 years plus. This year, OLLI is celebrating its 25th anniversary of being a member-driven organization committed to providing and promoting learning experiences to older adults.

At the open house, those interested can get overviews of courses, meet instructors, register for courses, join OLLI or renew a membership. OLLI and its partners will be hosting informational tables with representatives from courses. There will also be representatives to provide details about events and travel opportunities.

OLLI continues the new academic year with the theme “Out of Many, One Nebraska.” The theme focuses on providing activities celebrating the state’s 150th birthday. Examples include:

  • “Spirit of the North Platte Canteen,” a two-part series, will focus on U.S. troops’ warm reception in North Platte as they passed through during World War II.

  • Learn how the state is managing its surface and groundwater in the four-part course “The Great American Desert is a Water Machine: How Should We Manage It.”

  • The “Prairie Schooner,” is a publication of the University of Nebraska Press and home to some of the best fiction, poetry and essays. Learn about the early years of the publication and its national prominence in this two-part series.

There are more than 60 courses and events in OLLI’s fall Term 1, which runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 16. Courses cover a wide range of topics in literature, politics, theatre, contemporary and historical issues, and science. Two half-day events, “Cutting through the Fog: Mindful Approaches to Improving Memory” and the “2017 OLLI-Winter Lecture Series Symposium: Inequality of Income and Wealth.” Both of these events are open to the public.

The Oct. 21 symposium features three nationally prominent lecturers. The morning lectures will be followed by a panel of local experts discussing local inequality. The fee for the program is $20 and includes lunch.

“Cutting through the Fog: Mindful Approaches to Improving Memory,” will be Nov. 3. Learn strategies to help manage the challenges of age-related memory difficulties. The fee is $15 and includes light refreshments.

Travel opportunities include a three-day trip exploring autumn in northeast Nebraska, a four-day visit to Branson, Missouri, or an 11-day Panama Canal Cruise with stops in the Bahamas, Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands.

For a $75 annual membership fee, members can access all of the courses, events and travel destinations. Members also receive ticket discounts to performances of Abendmusik, Angels Theatre Company, Arts for the Soul, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, Nebraska Chamber Players, TADA Theatre, Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film productions, Morrill Hall, the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, as well as a new member discounts with Friends of the Ross Theatre and a 10 percent discount on books at the University Bookstore.

For further information, email olli@unl.edu, click here or call 402-472-6265.

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