Designed for people age 50 or better, OLLI@Pacific offers a learning environment that challenges minds, expands spirits and engages emotions. In the first lectures of the fall semester, OLLI members heard from Robert Halliwell, PhD that a healthy mind, body, spirit connection is key to getting the most out of life at any age. As we get older, this connection becomes even more important.
Lifelong learning, as older adults are discovering, can strengthen that connection. Without the burden of required attendance, reading or tests, learning becomes life enhancing. Over the last six years, nearly 2,000 OLLI@Pacific members have enjoyed a plethora of courses and lectures given by University faculty, community experts, and professionals in their fields.
Our lecturers generally deliver a 90-minute talk repeated at three locations; those who choose to teach a course hold anywhere from two to ten sessions. This fall, OLLI members look forward to watching another film series with Dr. Diane Borden, holding book discussions with Dean Brigid Welch, getting a historical perspective on Julius Caesar from Associate Professor Cathie McClellan, and sleuthing through the Library Archives with Michael Wurtz. They are filling Deanna Hunt's art courses and attending lectures given by faculty Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Dr. Robert Halliwell, Dr. Ken Albala, Dr. Raj Patel, Dr. Paul Bulakowski, and retired Dr. Gene Bigler.
They are practicing Tai Chi with Dr. Ray Tom, singing with Magen Solomon, writing their memoirs under the tutelage of Dianne Runion, participating in discussions on climate change, and learning the ins and outs of working with computers from David Diskin. Our classes are filled with adults seeking to learn simply for the joy of it.
Should you have a topic you wish to share either in your academic field of expertise, hobby or passion, please contact our office to discuss the possibility of giving you an intelligent audience and a method to assist in growing the University's lifelong learning program.
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