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2020 OLLIE FALL CLASSES Online Only (see details for dates and times)

Monday, September 21, 2020

to Friday, November 13, 2020


Join OLLI to experience learning just for the fun of it! Registration is now open for 25 new OLLI@OSU lifelong learning classes that start Sept. 21. All classes this fall will be online on Zoom. These popular non-credit classes—from movies to museums, painting to politics, Tulsa Race Massacre to LGBTQ issues, from the Cold War to cooking, and many more choices--meet once a week for six weeks. All course descriptions are online, and catalogs are available at the Bartlesville and Dewey libraries and other public places. The basic annual membership level, July 1 - June 30, is $40, with $25 for each class, or $200 for unlimited access. New classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. Learning never retires! For more information, call 405-744-5868; education.okstate.edu/olli.

Tulsa Race Massacre Mondays, 1-2:30p | 9/21 – 11/9 In fewer than 24 hours, people, property, hopes and dreams vanished. Fires raged. Mobs prevented firefighters from extinguishing the flames. Property damage ran into the millions. Hundreds of people died. Scores lay injured. Some African Americans fled Tulsa, never to return. Dubbed the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, this man-made calamity could more accurately be labeled an assault, disaster, massacre, pogrom, holocaust or any number of other ghastly descriptors. America’s worst “race riot,” would remain a taboo topic for decades. Hear about the past, present and future of this historic event from 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission Project Manager, Phil Armstrong. **Recommended Text, Black Wall Street by Hannibal B. Johnson**

Politics and Policies Mondays, 3-4:30p | 9/21 – 11/9 Guest experts will join us for a close examination of our most compelling and timely political topics including the Electoral College, our court system, legislative issues, foreign affairs and the balance of power.

TED Circles Mondays, 5:30-7p | 9/21 – 11/9 Join a community conversation with global impact. Circles watch and discuss a TED Talk and then share takeaways to consider each other’s perspectives and create a global conversation. TED provides the monthly theme, your circle leader chooses a TED Talk video on the world’s most riveting ideas and poses questions designed to get the conversation rolling.

The Question of Craft A History of American Studio Craft Mondays, 9-10:30a | 10/5 – 11/9 What makes craft distinct from art? Is it the material used, such as clay, glass, wood, fiber and metal? Is it the process of throwing, blowing, carving, weaving and forging using traditional methods? And why are craft objects usually separate from art objects? Explore the development of American craft from the Industrial Revolution to the present. **Recommended Text, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft by Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf Johnson**

The End of the Cold War & the Birth of the Present Tuesdays, 5:30-7p | 10/20 – 11/10 Examine the ideological, strategic and political motivations that influenced events between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. as well as the broader geopolitical, religious and economic forces that undermined communism’s appeal worldwide. We’ll explore the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, the Soviet Union’s collapse, China’s rise to global power, the rebirth of liberal capitalism and the creation of our uncertain present. **IMPORTANT INFO All lectures are pre-recorded**

Spice Trails Easy Recipes with Nita Tuesdays, 9-10:30a | 9/22-10/27 Journey with Nita into the wonderful world of spices and learn to make some simple dishes using them. It will be an interactive cooking session, peppered with anecdotes from Nita’s grandma’s kitchen. Each session will focus on a particular spice. Learn how to cook traditional dishes within a culture, along with a few culinary experiments to make some non-traditional ones as well. In parallel, learn about the benefits of using different spices and condiments in your cooking.

Medication Safety for Seniors & Caregivers Tuesdays, 11a-12:30p | 9/22-10/27 On average, seniors take 15 to 18 medications and multiple over-the-counter products, which can be confusing and overwhelming. This class will provide an overview of basic medication safety, including a review of common drug interactions and side effects.

Tulsa United Way Tuesdays, 1-2:30p | 9/22-10/27 For 95 years the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) has provided nearly $800 million in funding for non-profits across six counties in the Tulsa area. The spectrum of services available to all Green Country residents is cradle to grave, across all socio-economic levels. Join us to learn about the many ways TAUW serves our communities and how you can get involved! You will also learn about United Ways across Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Bartlesville. This is not a solicitation for funds. It is for informational purposes only.

Theatre Through the Ages Tuesdays, 3-4:30p | 9/22-11/10 From its early beginnings in Greece to the lights of Broadway, the West End and our own communities, theatre plays an important role in the cultural growth of societies. Encompassing storytelling, religious indoctrination and the creation of societal norms, theatre pushes the envelope and entertains the masses. Let’s sprint through history reading, discussing and watching theatre’s pivotal moments.

Oklahoma Originals Wednesdays, 9-10:30a | 9/23-10/28 The history of Oklahoma is filled with fascinating people. Author and educator Jonita Mullins shares biographies that tell the unique stories of doctors, lawyers and chiefs, with a few outlaws, cattlemen and beauty queens thrown in for good measure. This remarkable group of individuals showcase Oklahoma’s wonderful mosaic of color, culture and character.

Watercolors Wednesdays, 11a-12:30p | 9/23 – 10/14 While experimenting with beautiful, translucent watercolor paints, you’ll learn beginning skills and many different techniques such as creating washes, working wet into wet and wet on dry to create your desired results. Learn how to use masking fluid and how to create interesting effects with everyday items such as salt and plastic wrap. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required to enjoy this relaxing and satisfying medium. **IMPORTANT INFO Must provide your own materials. List provided upon enrollment confirmation**

What Kind of Times are These? Poetry of Witness Wednesdays, 1-2:30p | 9/23 – 10/28 Today, as we experience extraordinary and confusing times of our own, let’s explore together how writers, especially poets, make sense of events around them. We’ll see what we can learn from them about navigating a pandemic, civil unrest and a presidential election.

Short-Form Creative Writing Wednesdays, 3-4:30p | 9/23-10/28 Study contemporary examples of short fiction and nonfiction, and work with writing prompts to generate original prose pieces. By the end of the course, you should feel comfortable producing your own short fiction. The goal is to offer a welcoming space in which students can experiment, practice and feel eager to share their work.

Soft Pastels Wednesdays, 11a-12:30p | 10/21 – 11/11 Working on sanded paper, we will explore the wonderful world of soft pastels as we practice our drawing skills and experiment with painting, blending and mark making techniques. We’ll also try out underpainting with soft pastels using denatured alcohol. Subject matter may include still life and photo reference. Students may use their own reference photos or one will be supplied. No previous experience is necessary to enjoy this class. **IMPORTANT INFO Must provide your own materials. List provided upon enrollment confirmation**

U.S. Supreme Court Wednesdays, 1-2:30p | 10/21 – 11/11 The Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are the only national governmental officials who wear a costume. We do not vote for members of the Court and usually they quit when they decide. You could pass any of the Justices on the street and might not know it. This course will attempt to expose some important facts about the Supreme Court.

The American Photograph 1839 to c. 1950 Thursdays, 9-10:30a | 9/24 – 10/29 The way Americans see each other and our surroundings has taken shape as photography evolved from its earliest days. How did we view each other? How did we see our land? How did photographers see the city? And how did those visions change us and change with time? To answer these questions, we will start with the painter Samuel Morse bringing photography to the U.S. in 1839, and we’ll end up at about the end of World War II. We’ll study the technology of the still photograph but, most of all, the evolution of photography as a tool and an art form.

Taking the Mystery out of Senior Living Thursdays, 11a-12:30p | 9/24 – 10/29 Beginning with an inventory of concerns— physical, mental, emotional and social—we’ll focus in detail on types of senior living options, skill levels, services, costs, resources and payment options including Veteran Affairs (VA) assistance programs and preparing for Medicaid. Content will include the particular interests of participants as well as guest speakers.

GTK Good to Know Thursdays, 1-2:30p | 9/24 – 11/12 A variety of guest experts address an array of topics on living life to the fullest. This term the primary focus will be brain science, aging well and Medicare, to name a few topics we have lined up at the time of publication. **IMPORTANT INFO Visit OLLI.okstate. edu for full list of guest experts**

House Party Thursdays, 5:30-7p | 9/24 – 10/29 Artists live-stream performances from their homes to yours in this diverse digital tour of the Oklahoma music scene. You’ll always have a front row seat for great performances of emerging and established musicians. The names of the acts will be announced closer to the performance dates, check our website for updates. **IMPORTANT INFO Visit OLLI.okstate. edu for full list of musicians**

A History of Oklahoma City Thursdays, 3-4:30p | 10/15 – 10/29 From humble beginnings on April 22, 1889, hundreds of individuals from all walks of life built and shaped this storied city. Who are the men and women of industry, education, religion and politics who left their marks and shaped the urban landscape we know today? Join Bradley Wynn, sheriff ’s deputy, historian and author for this fascinating study.

World Class Museums and Collections Fridays, 1-2:30p | 9/25 – 11/13 During these times when we’re staying close to home, museums around the world are reaching out to engage patrons in dynamic ways. Curators offering digital group tours are giving us access to a marvelous new way to visit museums around the world. **IMPORTANT INFO Visit OLLI.okstate. edu for full list of museums tours**

Armchair Travels Fridays, 3-4:30p | 9/25 – 10/30 Let’s go far, far away. You won’t need to pack a bag or make reservations to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Patagonia or the mysteries of Egypt. We have your first class ticket to the sights and cultures of the world as described by OLLI members who have traveled far and wide.

Imagine Justice Race and Protest in the U.S. Fridays, 11a-12:30p | 10/2 – 11/6 From challenges to segregated schools in the 19th century to more recent Black Lives Matter events, protest in the U.S. is measured against the backdrop of ever-changing racial boundaries. We’ll examine several different types of protest (sit-ins, marches, boycotts), illustrating how these types of events are not confined to any historical period, racial group or geographical region.

LGBTQ Life in the United States Fridays, 9-10:30a | 10/9 – 11/13 Focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer identity through the lives and voices of people who identify as either not straight or not cisgender. We will define the LGBTQ community and look to relevant issues such as the recent Supreme Court decision. Learn about specific groups within the LGBTQ community, including gender non-binary individuals and older LGBTQ adults.

Image representing the 2020 OLLIE FALL CLASSES Online Only (see details for dates and times) event in Bartlesville, OK
Location: Online Classes
When: 9:00 am. to 7:00 pm.
Monday, September 21, 2020