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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico brings the challenge and excitement of university learning to adults age 50 plus who want to explore stimulating and fascinating subjects. All of the traditional disciplines are offered, as well as new areas of research and study.

Osher at the University of New Mexico offers a wide range of courses, lectures and special events to its members.  Courses and lectures are taught by UNM faculty as well as by qualified members of the community. There are no tests or grades, just learning for the pure joy.

Your membership in Osher means discovering new friends, new knowledge and new ways of bringing meaning and enjoyment to your life. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Foundation has funded Institutes from Hawaii to Maine to offer intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for mature adults.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Membership

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Continuing Education allows adults 50 and over to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the university-level, day-time, evening and week-end courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's your love of learning that counts. Your Membership year is January - December 2017.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

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Social Security planning is complex. This course will teach you how Social Security works so you can avoid costly mistakes and maximize your family's benefit. This significant asset offers you: a lifetime annuity, cost-of-living adjustments and right of survivorship. We'll explore answers to the following questions: Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security benefits? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on? Social Security is too important for guesswork. Treat this resource as a significant asset and maximize it to the greatest extent possible. The application of knowledge is power!

Note: UNM Tuition remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19371 | $20

Savvy Social Security for Boomers - SUA-PE

6/17/17
Sat 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Doug Lindsey
CE South Building

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A health care crisis is looming in this country and it"

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19372 | $20

Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers - SUA-PE

6/17/17
Sat 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Doug Lindsey
CE South Building

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Demagogue: A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument (Wiki). Since the time of Thucydides in the 5th century BCE, historians and political analysts have warned that the great weakness of democracy is the danger posed by demagogues. Charismatic leaders excite the popular passions by using scapegoating, fearmongering, ignorance, insults, ridicule and exploiting the "Big Lie."

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19404 | $20

Demagogues and the Dangers They Pose to Democracies: A Historical Review - SPA

6/2/17
Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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One hundred and thirty years ago the people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States in recognition of the friendship established between the two countries during the American Revolution. Over the years since, the Statue has grown to represent freedom and democracy as well as symbolize this international friendship. This class will follow the obstacles encountered during the statue"

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment.

19431 | $20

The Statue of Liberty: A Celebration of Freedom and Friendship - SPA

6/2/17
Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Richard Blankmeyer
Corrales Community Center

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Conquered by the Assyrian Empire over 2,700 years ago, ten of the twelve landed tribes of Israel apparently vanished into the myth and legend of history. What do new archaeological discoveries say about the Lost Tribes? Can their lineage be tracked across three millennia? These questions will be discussed as we watch a documentary that explores the different theories about what happened to the Lost Tribes.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19498 | $20

The Search for the Lost Tribes - SPA

6/2/17
Fri 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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As a student of American history I have often marveled at the good fortune that our country has had regarding traversing momentous times in our existence. What if Washington had allowed his sick and exhausted troops, in 1782, to march on Philadelphia (like they wanted to do) and take over the government because they hadn't been paid in years? What if John Adams and not Thomas Jefferson had been president when the opportunity to purchase Louisiana from Napoleon came along? What if someone other than Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War? What if Woodrow Wilson wasn't president at the end of World War I when the opportunity for world peace was at hand? What if FDR wasn't president when our greatest national economic crisis burst upon the scene? These are just some of the points I would discuss in class.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19470 | $49

America and its Highwire Act with History - SUA-PE

8/5/17 - 8/26/17
Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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As the second wife of King John of England, Queen Isabella of Angoulême remains largely overshadowed in popular imagination by John"

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

19401 | $20

Queen Isabella of Angoulême - SUA-PE

8/9/17
Wed 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Hana Samek Norton
CE South Building

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According to historian David Wooton, "For 2,400 years patients have believed that doctors were doing good; for 2,300 years they were wrong."

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Personal Enrichment.

19402 | $20

Leeches, Quacks and Lobotomies - SUA-PE

8/17/17
Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Wait a minute! Wasn"

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19403 | $20

Lizzie Borden Took a Hatchet and Gave Her Father 11 Whacks - SUA-PE

8/31/17
Thu 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
Corrales Community Center

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His poetry seems mysterious with its odd use of punctuation and capitalization. We"

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment. Please note this date is two weeks later than the one printed in the catalog.

19509 | $20

The Magic and Mystery of E.E. Cummings" - SUA

6/6/17
Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Norma Libman
CE South Building

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'What happened is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened'' (~Vivian Gornick). How do we arrive at the truth of our stories? For some, the path lies in writing memoir; for others, in writing fiction. Still others find themselves moving back and forth between the two. In this class, members will use fact, memory and imagination to transform life experiences into stories that are emotionally true, whether memoir or fiction. Weekly format provides writing prompts, supportive feedback and critique, as well as discussions of craft and the illusive boundary between fiction and memoir.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment.

19556 | $75

Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction - SUA-PE

6/7/17 - 7/19/17
Wed 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (7 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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A class for practicing writers who have short story, novella, or novel projects in progress. The workshop format asks (does not require) participants to submit electronically approximately 1500 words for class review each week. Writers are urged to read and to comment on the works submitted by others. The instructor also provides weekly feedback on each manuscript. A timer helps everyone share air time. Knowledge of the basic vocabulary of fiction writing is assumed. So is respect for others. Must be able to tolerate criticism. Class skip day: July 3.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19584 | $75

Writing Fiction - SUA

6/19/17 - 7/31/17
Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (7 Session Total)
Dodici Azpadu
CE South Building

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Scene is the building block of narrative. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? In this class, we will examine the effects of scene and exposition upon the reader and explore how they are used effectively in memoir and fiction. Class format includes literature study, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. Class skip date: July 25.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19519 | $75

Show, Don" - SUA

7/11/17 - 8/22/17
Tue 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (7 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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The real measure of our lives is in what we learn from life experiences, the values we live by and our hopes for the future of our family and friends. Join us as we work together to write our life statements: either for yourself as a gift for next generations or as a creation of a life statement on behalf of someone (to honor the memory of a parent or other family member). In this course, we will examine a variety of different published legacies and using templates, create your very own ''blueprint for living.''

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19551 | $75

Writing Your Legacy - SUA-PE

7/20/17 - 8/24/17
Thu 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Heidi Carlson
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas and even build a book-length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how-to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. Learn how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19598 | $75

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success - SUA

7/28/17 - 9/1/17
Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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Jackalopes aren"

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment.Please note there's a date change to June 9th and a location change to the main CE South building for this program.

19711 | $20

New Mexico Critters... the Good, the Bad... and the Really, Really Interesting! - SUA-PE

6/9/17
Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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New Mexico Critters... the Good, the Bad... and the Really, Really Interesting! - SUA

7/11/17
Tue 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE North Building

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The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearance is one of the most successful utopian communities in American history. Founded in the 18th century, they lived communally but celibately. Sexual energy was sublimated into ecstatic Sunday dancing which could be heard seven miles from their worship leading to their colloquial name of "Shakers."

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19807 | $35

Shaken... and Stirred - SPA

5/31/17 - 6/7/17
Wed 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because it is nonjudgmental, requires no faith, and teaches ways to reduce suffering. It encourages personal responsibility, mindfulness, and compassion for ourselves and others. In this class we"

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19813 | $49

Buddhism - SPA

6/2/17 - 6/23/17
Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Jon Nimitz
CE South Building

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Join us and explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This class series is geared to the older beginner or those dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis. You will learn to use commonly available props and modified yoga postures to address these conditions and bring more awareness, vitality and relaxation into your life.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Health and Fitness.

06461 | $85

Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Gentle Beginner - SUA-HF

6/20/17 - 8/8/17
Tue 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (7 Session Total)
Nishtha Jane Kappy
High Desert Yoga - Nob Hill

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For active elders, this class emphasizes proper alignment of the spine. You will learn standing, strengthening and balance poses with modifications that work for your body. This practice warms up the muscles, opens the joints and builds energy, strength and stamina while inviting greater awareness of your body, mind and breath.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Health and Fitness. This is not a medical class-call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Free Osher membership with this class.

06463 | $95

Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Intermediate - SUA-HF

6/22/17 - 8/10/17
Thu 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (8 Session Total)
Nishtha Jane Kappy
High Desert Yoga - Nob Hill

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Find your healthiest spine and posture in seated and supported standing poses. This extra-gentle class offers adapted poses for those who have difficulty getting down to or up from the floor. Come and explore your ability to gently revitalize and relax your body/mind with awareness and breath!

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Health and Fitness.

06528 | $85

Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Chair-Based - SUA-HF

7/6/17 - 7/27/17
Thu 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM (4 Session Total)
Judith Arredondo
High Desert Yoga - Nob Hill

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder causing extreme stress and discomfort. OCD affects over two million adults in the US. OCD appers in a fascinating array of symptoms and behaviors, including handwashing, constant counting, superstitions, extreme fears of hurting loved ones and checking locks over and over again. OCD ruins lives. You probably know someone with this problem, as millions of Americans suffer from OCD. We'll describe the viciious cycle of OCD, the treatments that work and treatments that merely prolong suffering. We'll also provide resources for further study.

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19892 | $20

An Introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - SUA-PE

8/10/17
Thu 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Charles Elliott
Corrales Community Center

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Donne Lewis Osher Program Supervisor

Donne Lewis

Program Supervisor

(505) 277-6178

lewisd@unm.edu

Donne Lewis, Program Supervisor

Donne Lewis has supported CE Public Programs in a myriad of capacities over the course of the past year. She comes to us with over fifteen years of management, education, marketing and communications experience, including a six year stint as a Marketing Manager at CNM. Prior to arriving at UNM, Donne spent two years as a self-employed tap and sand dance performer and educator. She also provided marketing and communications consultation for several non-profit organizations.


History

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico was launched in the spring of 2007 with 100 members. News of this exciting program spread quickly with members bringing friends and family members to experience the intellectually engaging course offerings. Now in our eighth year, OLLI at UNM has more than 1,300 members and offers more than 300 lectures and courses each year.

We wish to thank the Bernard Osher Foundation for their generous support!


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UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Classes.

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