The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois is accepting memberships for its 2020 fall classes, all of which will be conducted via Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new courses will begin Aug. 31. There are 29 new courses taught by current and emeritus faculty from the U of I and other colleges in the region, as well as by specialists from within the Champaign-Urbana community. OLLI’s new courses are available here.
OLLI is a member-focused community of adult learners and offers a wide variety of timely and timeless topics, which are discussed with an inquisitive, engaged community of people who share a passion for learning. Activities are open to active members who are residents of Central Illinois over the age of 50.
Other OLLI programs include study groups, which are organized and led by OLLI members on a wide variety of topics; film screenings and related discussions; and lectures by U of I faculty, community members, and scholars and artists from around the country.
While all activities will take place online for safety reasons, OLLI will return to in-person programming when it is safe and feasible to do so.
A full-year membership is $150, and the membership period for this year is Aug. 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Each eight-week course is $40 (four-week courses are $20), and each study group (typically eight weeks) is $20. Lectures, films and other activities designed for OLLI members are included in membership at no extra cost; some activities, such as trips or meals (when those are possible), may come with an additional fee to cover the cost of the event.
For information on how to join or renew, and an overview of member benefits, visit the OLLI website.