Letter from the Director


Welcome to OLLI!

Have you ever wanted to delve into the intricacies of cartel culture or the farm-to-table food movement? Study topics from science in current events to the golden ages of astronomy? Explore a variety of film topics, from visionary directors Orson Welles or William Wyler to the history of the Hollywood musical? Learn about artists and art history, or masters from Beethoven to Frank Lloyd Wright? Examine the stories that we tell, from Shakespeare to urban legends? At OLLI, you can. Our eight-week spring semester features a diverse lineup of courses and exciting new worlds that are just waiting for you.

As scholars across disciplines consider our current political moment, there are multiple OLLI courses that look at where we are right now – in terms of domestic policy agendas, international relations, and the fractious relationship between the White House and the media, both legitimate and fake. These courses are designed to be self-contained, but they are also complementary, and taking more than one of them can provide a well-rounded examination of the contemporary American political landscape.

There are also multiple offerings in the area of wellness – tai chi, yoga, ballroom dance, and two new courses in ballet and Pilates. As the prevailing research tells us that physical activity is an important component of resilient aging, we urge you to consider the mind-body connection. I hope you’ll think about adding one or more of these courses to keep active during the winter months – they are all designed for over-50 practitioners!

If you are a current OLLI member, you already know about our amazing courses, study groups, lectures, and other activities. If you are not yet a member, I invite you to join now so you are eligible to register for these courses – and become part of an extraordinary community that fosters deep intellectual and social engagement. The following pages describe OLLI at Illinois’ member-centered opportunities, including information on how to join us – and how to give a gift of OLLI membership to someone special. I invite you to join us for this exciting semester!

Best wishes,

Signature, Christine Catanzarite
Christine Catanzarite
Director, OLLI at Illinois