Many older adults are realizing the benefits of an engaged mind and an active social life following retirement. Anyone over 50 years of age who seeks intellectual, cultural and social enrichment in their lives has a rich resource available through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of UMass Boston. Those enrolled in the program may attend an average of 3 to 5 courses per semester, plus brown bag lectures, and group outings to museums and theater, along with opportunities for domestic and international travel.
The beautiful harborfront setting of the UMass Boston campus draws many OLLI members, but there is also the option of attending satellite courses (some via video-conference) at Cordage Park in Plymouth and at the Hingham Public Library. There are no exams, grades, or educational requirements to enroll; this is learning at its most pleasurable. Annual membership is $175.
The OLLI program is registering now for the fall term, which begins in September. A small sampling of 70 courses being offered this fall includes Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”; The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union; Silent Film Greats; What Can Films Teach Us About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?; Exploring the Boston Harbor Islands; Darwin, Evolution, and Biology Today; How the Internet Has Changed Political Participation in China; Tai Chi for Beginners; Introduction to Cloud Computing; Tips for Daily and Travel Photography; To Pray, Serve, and Live: Art and Life from the Middles Ages to the Renaissance; and Creative Writing: Poetry as Memoir.
To join and register for courses, call 617.287.7312 or visit www.olli.umb.edu where all of OLLI’s offerings can be seen.