Are you looking for a fun learning opportunity this summer? With topics ranging from iPhone photography to Aztec culture, and TV sitcoms to home organization, there’s something for everyone at the University of Delaware’s lifelong learning program for adults age 50-plus.
With programs based in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes, Ocean View and Wilmington, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Delaware – affectionately nicknamed “OLLI” – are volunteer-based learning cooperatives for adults to take and teach classes together with no grades, exams or educational prerequisites.
For the first time this summer, OLLI will also hold classes on UD’s Newark campus. More than a hundred OLLI courses will be held in the following locations this summer, in subjects like:
- Dover — Pearl Harbor and WWII history, iPhone photography, nonfiction writing, Italian farm to table (classes start July 6)
- Newark — TV sitcoms, resources for healthy aging, opera in the movies (classes start July 7)
- Lewes — IRAs and retirement, Aztec history and culture, painting workshop, tai chi (classes start June 1)
- Wilmington — acoustic guitar workshop, James Bond films, personal and home organization, Hinduism (classes start July 7)
Newark classes will take place at UD’s STAR Tower on South College Ave.; Wilmington classes take place at Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave. Participants can enroll in up to six courses and unlimited extracurricular activities for one $95 registration fee, which includes any combination of Newark and Wilmington courses.
OLLI Dover classes are held at Wyoming Church on Wyoming Road. Lewes classes take place at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Ave. or at Trinity Faith Christian Center on New Road. For one $60 registration fee, participants sign up for unlimited courses at all three locations.
Prior OLLI membership is not required to register for OLLI summer sessions. OLLI gift certificates are available for purchase year-round.
Dover member Joe Bailey is passionate about OLLI’s learning opportunities. “I never thought I could love school this much,” he says. “Lifelong learning has always been important to me although not necessarily in a formal way. Since joining OLLI, I have taken between four and seven classes every semester and have even planned vacations around my schedule.” Adds Bailey, “OLLI is addictive!”
“I’ve always been an avid learner,” says longtime member Carolyn Stankiewicz of Wilmington. “OLLI is a natural continuation for my curiosity exploring everything from astronomy to yoga.”
The University of Delaware is proud of its history as one of the first and largest lifelong learning programs in the country. Last year, when the country’s OLLI programs reported 170,000 participants nationwide, more than 4,000 of that number were members of the Delaware programs alone. In Delaware and across the country, OLLI is affiliated with and receives partial support from the Bernard Osher Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on higher education, lifelong learning and the arts.
For details about courses and locations, contact the Kent or Sussex county program at 302-645-4111 or OLLI-Kent-Sussex@udel.edu, or the Wilmington/Newark program at 302-573-4417 or LLLfirstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.olli.udel.edu/summer2020.