Study Groups

Study groups are offered in multiple sessions throughout the year, and are designed to foster in-depth examinations of a wide variety of topics. Membership includes one free study group; additional study groups are $15 each.

Study groups are organized and led or co-led (facilitated) by OLLI members on a wide variety of topics designed to encourage active discussion and engagement. Study groups are held during periods when courses are not in session and typically meet for 6 to 8 sessions.

The study group facilitator does not need to be an expert on the topic.  The facilitator’s primary function is to organize the group and facilitate the discussion.  The facilitator can lead all sessions or can ask for volunteer leaders among group members to lead some of the discussions.

Recent study group topics have included:

• Keeping Up with the Science Joneses: Further Readings in Science and Nature
• The Armory Show: America’s Art Awakening
• Sherlock Holmes through the Ages
• People, Protest, and Progress: Recent Documentaries about LGBT Lives and History
• The Writers’ Café

This is just a small sampling of the exciting conversations that have been fostered by OLLI study groups. Ideas and proposals are always welcomed — and we urge you to consider becoming a study group participant or facilitator! The OLLI Study Group Committee reviews proposals prior to each session, and OLLI staff contacts the facilitator(s) to schedule the group.  Support and training is provided by the Study Group Committee and OLLI staff.  OLLI members receive e-mails notifying them of proposal deadlines and registration periods.

Proposing a Study Group

Click here to find out how to propose a study group.

Study Group Topics

Click here to see current study group topics. Click here to see past study group topics.

Questions

If you would like to discuss the OLLI Study Group program, please contact Janet Summers at jis@illinois.edu or 244-9141.