OLLI at OU

New Senior Seminars to Be Offered This Summer

This summer, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at OU (OLLI at OU) will be offering six new Senior Seminars. These seminars offer a wide range of topics, including fiction, documentaries and feature films, poetry and Renaissance art.

Senior Seminars are noncredit courses in which adult learners have the chance to learn about a specific topic while discussing their life experiences with their peers. There are no exams or papers – the focus is on learning and interaction.

These seminars, led by OU professors and staff, are available to members of OLLI at OU. OLLI members are 50 or older and pay an annual membership fee to be eligible to participate in courses. For more information about membership or to become a member, visit OLLI at OU.

The cost for each seminar is $35, and details on each seminar to be offered this summer can be found below.

BookBuzz will be led by Kathryn Jenson White, professor emerita and executive director OSM-OIPA. This session will be held on May 15, June 12, and July 17 from 3:30-5 p.m.

This book group will discuss particular novels that are in the limelight. Participants will read and discuss the book at monthly meetings.

Politics and the Presidency in Film will be led by Kim Gaddie, managing editor of Social Science Quarterly and political science instructor at OU. This seminar will meet Mondays, June 3-24 from 9-11 a.m.

This course will investigate how Hollywood has portrayed the presidency and politics in film. It will focus on the creative process and how Hollywood has balanced historical accuracy with entertainment. During the course, attendees will use specific films to discuss how the American political experience is communicated through feature films.

The “Big Six” Romantic Poets will be hosted by Trevor McMichael, graduate teaching assistant in the department of English at OU. This program will run Mondays, June 3-July 15 from 2-4 p.m.

Participants in this course will read some of the most popular literature written by six canonical poets of the British romantic period: William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, John Keats and Lord Byron. Attendees will learn about the context and history of each of the poets as well as discuss topics such as nature, revolution, gender, religion, identity and the fantastic.

Top Docs: Six of the Best Documentaries of 2012 will be conducted by Kathryn Jenson White. This course will meet Tuesdays, June 4-July 2 and Monday, July 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lists 15 documentaries from which it chooses the five nominees for best documentary. Participants in this class will have the opportunity to screen and discuss six of these 15 documentaries. Each of these films explores different subject matters, moods and points of view.

Red, Blue, Green and Yellow: The Invention of Color in the Art of the Renaissance will be conducted by Allison Palmer, associate professor of art history. This class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11, 13, 18, and 20 from 9:30-11 a.m.

In the Renaissance, trade routes expanded and technology advanced, allowing more vibrant, varied and stable colors in the European art market. This class will investigate this explosion of color in European Renaissance painting. It will also explore how cost issues and access to these materials transformed the interaction between artists and patrons. This course will provide an overview of the topic by highlighting some of the Renaissance’s most famous paintings and examining how they were created.

Hitchcock Masterworks will be led by Jerry Jerman, director of Marketing and Communication at OU Outreach and adjunct instructor of humanities for OU’s College of Liberal Studies. This course will meet on Tuesdays, July 16-August 13 from 3:30-6 p.m.

This course will examine five of Alfred Hitchcock’s distinguished works. The class will look at an outstanding “wrong man” film from Hitchcock’s British career (The 39 Steps, 1935), a romantic spy story starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman (Notorious, 1946), a thrilling version of a Patricia Highsmith novel (Strangers on a Train, 1951), arguably the finest film of his career (Rear Window, 1954) and a box office hit that would later inspire many future horror and suspense films (Psycho, 1960). In each of these films, Hitchcock showcased an uncanny ability to create popular, thrilling, yet artistic movies that are still being studied in film schools around the world.

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