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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers an impressive selection of educational and social opportunities for adults age 50 and older. With a purpose to promote lifelong learning and continued intellectual and personal growth for retirement-age individuals, OLLI has become the place for fun, interactive learning in a safe and encouraging environment.

Curriculum draws from the interests, talents, and experiences of older adult learners. Academic courses are college level (without the homework, term papers, and tests), and cover everything from personal computers to fitness for life and visual arts. Social activities include various gatherings for dinner, laughter, and entertainment.

OLLI Field Trip

In September (9/19/2019), OLLI students will travel to Chattanooga and visit the Chattanooga Aquarium and tour the riverfront and surrounding attractions in the downtown area. Tickets to the aquarium and bus transportation are included in the course fee. Lunch is not included in the cost but may be purchased at your choice of several downtown Chattanooga locations. A bus ride through the Lookout Mountain area is also part of the days adventures.

Register for the Field Trip Here

Our Courses and Events

Art & Music
Analyzing Police/Lawyer TV Dramas
Beginning Watercolor
Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Color Theory for the Artist
Drawing a Portrait
Drawing FUNdamentals
Gouache Painting
Have Fun with Acrylic Paints
Instant Piano
Introduction to Painting Flowers in Watercolor
Jewelry Making – More Techniques
Legends and Basic Playing of the Native American Flute
Let’s Go Outside and Paint – Successful Methods of Plein Air Painting
Make Your Handmade Holiday Cards
Oil Painting – Beginning
Oil Painting – Intermediate
One Hit Wonders
Paint Your Holiday Card
Painted Vacations in Watercolor
Painting Floral Still Lifes in Watercolor – Intermediate Level
Painting From Your Photographs
Pencil, Pen & Ink Drawing – Beginning
Pencil, Pen and Ink – Intermediate
Piano By Ear
Shakespeare goes to the Opera
The Art of Alfred Hitchcock – Part III
The Joy of Singing
Travel Sketching for Beginners
Watercolor From the Masters
Watercolor with Pen & Ink

07/26/2019 Hearing Screening
10/21/2019 OLLI Fall Social – Murder Mystery

Do I Need an Estate Plan?
Estate Planning for 2nd Marriages
Retirement, Tax and Estate Planning
Selling on the Internet
Social Security and Retirement Income Planning
Understanding Medicare

Health & Fitness
Ballet Basics
Dementia 101
Gentle Yoga
Hearing Screening
Living Well with Dementia: A Family Guide
Pilates Basics
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors I
Qigong/Tai Chi for Seniors II
The Labyrinth – A Walking Meditation

Big Cats, Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
Cavalry Operations in the American Civil War
Civil War in the Western Theater
Civil War Leaders: Politicians and Officers
Cowboys, Indians and Others
Fighting Sail: America in the War of 1812
Grant & Sherman: “Together in Victory”
Introduction to Wine/Holiday Wines
Iron Maidens: Iron Warships of the Confederacy
Murder of Martin Luther King Jr
Reconstruction Revisited: The Struggle to Readmit the Southern States
Reflections on Elections
Significant Historical Events Roundtable
Technology in the Civil War
The Age of Clipper Ships
The Civil War in the Far West
The Early Years: US Involvement in Vietnam 1941-1961
The Guerrilla War in Georgia – Booth
The Miracle of the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution

Advanced Spanish Conversation
Beyond Spanish is Fun
Easy Spanish Conversation
Exercises in Short Story Writing
French Conversation I
Great Poets Revisited
Introduction to French I
Introduction to French II
Introduction to French III
Introduction to French IV
Introduction to Italian I
Introduction to Italian II
Introduction to Italian III
It’s Never too Late to Begin Again
Let’s Learn to Sign! – Beginning American Sign Language (ASL II)
Let’s Learn to Sign! – Beginning American Sign Language (ASL I)
Pause to Practice
Spanish is Fun! Part I
Spanish is Fun! Part II
Spanish is Fun! Part III
Spanish Is Fun! Part IV
Write your novel, NOW!

OLLI ScholarOLLI Scholar Spanish Certificate – These can be taken individually
Spanish is Fun! Part I
Spanish is Fun! Part II
Spanish is Fun! Part III
Spanish Is Fun! Part IV

Ancestors- Putting the Jigsaw Puzzle Together
Astronomy – What’s Out There?
Basics of eBay Selling
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part I
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part II – Play of the Hand
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part III- Defense
Bridge in the 21st Century – Part IV – Commonly Used Conventions
Creative: Read Fiction/Write Fiction
Digital Photography – Introduction
Explore Your Ancestors: Taking Your Research Online
Exploring Your Ancestors: Your Genealogy Journey
Hand Knit Christmas Stockings
Jewelry Making – Techniques for Beginners
Mah Jongg
Memoir: Life’s Most Interesting Chapters
Publish Your Own Book
Write your novel, NOW!

Basics of Amazon Selling
Beginning Basics of Microsoft Excel
Communicating Through Social Media
Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer
Introduction to PCs
Let’s Begin With Computers!
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
Windows 10

OLLI ScholarOLLI Scholar Computer Certificate – These can be taken individually
Introduction to PCs
Communicating Through Social Media
Windows 10
Microsoft Word
Easy Steps to Safeguard Your Computer



Fall Social

OLLI Fall Social -  Murder Mystery October 21, 2019

Contact Us

Want to learn more about our travel program, sign up for an OLLI Club Room Membership, enroll in our literacy program or just have a question? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

OLLI Club Room Membership

Membership privileges include free coffee, free computer use, 10% off any OLLI class (except when noted otherwise), regularly-scheduled bridge games and bridge marathons, and access to a special members-only area of KSU Center with our own OLLI library. For more information, fill out the form above.


OLLI Newsletter July – December 2019

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