Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Sample Lectures

Sample Course Lectures from Spring 2015

"Physics without Fear" with Walt Hagenbuch

March 9 class, March 16 class, March 23 class, April 6 class, April 13 class

"East versus West: China's Emerging Influence in Africa" with Parfait Gasana

March 16 class, March 23 class, April 6 class, April 13 class

"Inside the Apollo Project" with Thomas Fitzgibbon

March 19 class, March 26 class, April 2 class, April 9 class, April 16 class

"From Weimar to Hitler: Germany, 1918-1945" with Dan LeClerc

March 24 class, March 31 class, April 7 class, April 14 class, April 28 class, May 5 class, May 19 class

"Shakespeare's : A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Chris Harding

April 1 class, April 8 class, April 15 class, April 22 class, April 29 class

"Arsenal of Democracy: America and World War II" with Gary Hylander

April 27 class, May 4 class, May 11 class, May 18 class, June 1 class, June 8 class, June 15 class

"Discover Thailand: A Country of Beauty and Contradictions" with Wichian Rojanawon

April 30 class, May 7 class, June 4 class

"History of Mystery 12: Agatha Christie, Part 1" with Chris Harding

May 6 class, May 13 class, May 20 class, June 3 class, June 10 class

Sample Brownbag Presentations from Spring 2015

"Embassies of the United States: Their Organization and Functions" with Luis Espada-Platet

March 9 presentation

"Doing Genealogy Online; An Introduction with Julie Winch

March 11 presentation

"Robert Oppenheimer: Triumph and Tragedy" with Gary Hylander

March 25 presentation

"Great New England Hurricanes of the 20th Century" with Jim Manning

April 1 presentation

"Practical Meditation" with Anya Weber

April 7 presentation

"Brave New World: Reflections on Four Trips to China in Two Years" with John Hess

April 13 presentation

"Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Is Peace Possible?" with David Matz

April 28 presentation

"The Importance of Our Boston Monuments" with Joseph Gallo

May 12 presentation

"Nathaniel Hawthorne: “The Scarlett Letter” with Gary Hylander

May 13 presentation

"Religious Studies/Humanities: A Preview of the Fall OLLI Course "Paths of Life"

May 28 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Fall 2014

"Becoming America 1776–1800" with Gary Hylander

September 8 class, September 15 class, September 22 class, September 29 class, October 6 class

"Shakespeare's King Lear" with Chris Harding

September 16 class, September 23 class, September 30 class, October 7 class

"The Great War: Four Years of War, A Century of Controversy" with Rita Peters

September 16 class, September 23 class, September 30 class, October 7 class, October 14 class, October 21 class, October 28 class, November 4 class

"You Bet Your Sweet Assets: Economics in a Changing World" with Phillip Granberry

September 18 class, September 25 class, October 2 class, October 9 class, October 23 class, October 30 class

"World Religions 2" with Richard Pierce

October 1 class, October 8 class, October 15 class, October 22 class, October 29 class, November 5 class

"Social and Cultural Aspects of Food and Cuisine" with Joe Carlin

October 3 class, October 10 class, October 17 class, October 24 class, October 31 class

"The Human Face of the Great War" with Dan Leclerc

October 14 class, October 21 class, November 4 class, November 18 class, November 25 class, December 2 class, December 9 class, December 16 class

"Masters of Italy" with Frank Smith

October 20 class, October 27 class, November 3 class, November 10 class, November 17 class, November 24 class

Sample Brownbag Presentations from Fall 2014

"James Forten, Liberty's Black Champion" with Julie Winch

September 17 presentation

"Nigeria and the Boko Haram Insurgency" with Darren Kew

September 24 presentation

"The Search for Life beyond Earth" with James Livingston

September 25 presentation

"The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 with Nigel Hamilton

September 30 presentation

"The Successful Aging Brain" with Dr. Vivian Ciaramitaro and Dr. Richard G. Hunter 

October 24 presentation, October 31 presentation

"A Very Dangerous Woman" with Gary Hylander

October 27 presentation

"Non-Jewish Victims of the Third Reich with Janet Lemus

November 3 presentation

"The Courtships of Abraham Lincoln" with Martin Quitt

December 3 presentation

"The Battle of the Bulge" with Gary Hylander

December 15 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Spring 2014

"The 1960s in Four Movements" with John Hess

March 7 class, March 14 class, March 28 class, April 4 class, April 11 class, May 2 class, May 9 class, May 16 class

"Mark Twain's Gilded Age" with Gary Hylander

March 10 class, March 17 class, March 24 class, March 31 class

"From Weimar to Hitler: Germany, 1918-1945" with Daniel Leclerc

March 12 class, March 19 class, March 26 class, April 2 class, April 9 class, April 16 class, May 7 class 

"Healthy Lifestyles to Improve and Maintain Brain Health" with Nancy Emerson Lombardo and Lynn Serper, Ed.D.

March 25 class, April 1 class, April 8 class, April 29 class, May 6 class, May 13 class

"Morocco - From the High Atlas Peaks to Saharan Dunes" with Barry Pell

March 27 class, April 3 class, April 10 class

"Plays of the Abbey Theatre: 20th Century Irish Drama" with Jason E. Weber

March 31 class, April 7 class, April 14 class, April 28 class, May 5 class , May 12 class

"Exploring the Solar System and Beyond" with James Livingston

April 14 class, April 28 class, May 5 class

"On the Home Front: American Society during World War II" with Matthew Wilding

May 1 class, May 8 class, May 22 class, May 29 class, June 5 class

Sample Brownbag Presentations from Spring 2014

"American Society and the Automobile: A Brief History" with Darwin Stapleton

March 27 presentation

"The Place of Women in Early Christianity with Jim Morris

April 10 presentation

"ALL RISE! The Marshall Court" with Gary Hylander

April 14 presentation

"West Africa--Slave Trade and Cultural Arts" with Barry Pell

April 17 presentation

"D-Day: June 6, 1944 with Gary Hylander

May 5 presentation

"The Ancient Silk Road" with Barry Pell 

May 8 presentation 

"Religion in 21st Century America: Questions, Serious Problems, Bleak Prognosis?" with Richard Pierce

May 14 presentation

"Leonardo Da Vinci and The Last Supper" with Irene L. Roman

May 22 presentation

"Backstage Boston: Highlighting Hub Histrionic History" with Chris Harding

June 9 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Fall 2013

"Introduction to Italy and Italian Culture" with Irene L. Roman

 September 12 class, September 19 class, September 26 class, October 3 class, October 10 class, October 17 class , October 24 class

"You Bet Your Sweet Assets: Economics in a Changing World" with Randall Holman

September 17 class, September 24 class, October 1 class, October 8 class, October 15 class, October 22 class , October 29 class

"Fall and Rise of Russia" with Rita S. Peters

September 18 class, September 25 class, October 2 class, October 9 class, October 16 class, October 23 class , October 30 class

"Women, Men, and Sex Roles in Religion: Goddesses, Nuns and Witches; Virgin Mother, Jewish Mother?" with Richard Pierce

September 20 class, September 27 class, October 4 class, October 11 class, October 18 class , October 25 class

"Human Genetics and Epigenetics" with Dr. Tara Devi S. Ashok

September 26 class, October 3 class, October 10 class, October 17 class , October 24 class , October 31 class

"1939: Europe’s Last Year of Peace" with Gary L. Hylander

September 30 class , October 7 class, October 21 class, October 28 class

"Dante, Milton and the Devil" with Francis J. Smith

October 8 class, October 15 class , October 22 class , October 29 class, November 5 class, November 12 class

"Vietnam, 1945-1985: What Really Happened?" with Michael Cunningham

November 4 class, November 18 class, November 25 class, December 2 class, December 9 class

"Cocktails: A Shaken and Stirred History" with Joe Carlin

November 5 class , November 12 class, November 19 class , November 26 class, December 3 class

"What Did Jesus Really Teach?" with Jim Morris

November 6 class, November 13 class, November 20 class

Sample Brownbag Presentations from Fall 2013

"Asteroids and Comets - Heads Up!" with James Livingston

September 19 presentation

"Umass OLLI 2012 Technology Survey: Observations, Implications, and Actions" with Barry Hass

September 24 presentation

"A Year in Morocco" with Barry Pell

October 2 presentation

"Lincoln and His Greatest Rival" with Martin Quitt

October 9 presentation

"Greenland - A Journey into the Land of Ice" with Barry Pell

October 23 presentation

"Cyber-Crime Prevention for Older Adults with Greg Page

October 29 presentation

"Computers and DNA: The Information Revolutions of the 20th Century" with Darwin Stapleton

October 30 presentation

"Richard Nixon at 100" with Gary L. Hylander

November 4 presentation

"Christmas Traditions Unwrapped with Chris Harding

December 2 presentation

"Facebook and Twitter: Learn, Connect, and Grow-While Stay Safe" with Greg Page

December 10 presentation

"Dickens' A Christmas Carol" with Gary L. Hylander

December 13 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Spring 2013

"Thinking Critically about 21st-Century Food & Nutrition" with Facilitator Joe Carlin

March 11 class , March 18 class, March 25 class, April 1 class, April 8 class

"In Safe Hands: True Stories from the United States Customs and Border Protection" with Facilitator Michael H. Cunningham

March 11 class , March 18 class, March 25 class, April 1 class

"Introduction to Italy and Italian Culture" with Facilitator Irene L. Roman

March 5 class, March 12 class, March 26 class, April 2 class, April 9 class. April 23 class

"You Bet Your Sweets Assets: Economics in a Changing World" with Facilitator Randall Holman

March 14 class , March 21 class, March 28 class , April 4 class, April 18 class, April 25 class , May 2 class

"Hollywood's Gender Trouble" with Facilitator Linda Dittmar

March 14 class, March 28 class, April 4 class, April 11 class, April 18 class, April 25 class, May 2 class, May 9 class

"Modern China through Film" with Facilitator Vincent Capone

April 8 class, April 22 class , April 29 class, May 6 class, May 13 class , May 20 class

"King Leopold’s Ghost: Colonialism and the Tragedy of the Congo"

April 23 class , April 30 class, May 7 class , May 14 class, May 21 class

Sample Brownbag Presentations from Spring 2013

"John Adams and The Boston Massacre" with presenter Gary L. Hylander

March 22 presentation

"The Origins of Baseball" with presenter Vincent Cannato

April 3 presentation

"Underground Boston" with presenter Joe Bagley

April 10 presentation

"Poems for Real Men- and Women!" with presenter Richard Pierce

May 17 presentation

"Contemporary Buddhism: Not Your Parents’ Buddhism! (And How You Can Use Insights and Practices Whatever You Are)"

May 29 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Spring 2012 

"Understanding American Conflict in the Middle East and Central Asia" with facilitator Joseph Sarkisian

September 18 class, September 25 class, October 2 class,  October 16 class,  October 31 class

"The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union" with facilitator Rita P. Peters

September 19 class, September 26 classOctober 3 class, October 10 class,  October 17 class, October 24 class

"Eating & Drinking in Colonial Boston" with facilitator Joe Carlin

September 24 class , October 1 class, October 22 class, November 5 class

"The World Religions: A Re-Introduction" with facilitator Richard Pierce

September 28th class, October 5 class,  October 12 class,  October 19 class, October 26 class,  November 2 class

"Fore-Armed Vs. Strong-Armed: Economics Explained for the Mature Adult" with facilitator Randall Holman

October 3 class,  October 17 class, October 24 classOctober 31 class, November 7 class, November 14 class

"Darwin, Evolution, and Biology Today" with facilitator Ruth Bennett

October 4 classOctober 11 class,  October 18 class, October 25 class,  November 1 class, November 8 class

"Classical Archaeology: Uncovering the Greco-Roman World" with facilitator Frank Smith

October 9 class,  October 16 class, October 23 class, November 6 class, November 13 class, November 20 class

"America Votes: The Road to the White House" with facilitator Gary Hylander

October 12 class,  October 19 class, October 26 class

"The Political Economy of the Metropolitan Areas" with facilitator  Phillip Granberry

October 23 class,  October 30 class, November 6 class, November 13 class, November 20 class

"Inside the Apollo Project: The Story of the People that Made it Possible" with facilitator Tom Fitzgibbon

October 25 class,  November 1 class, November 8 class, November 15 class, November 29 class , December 6 class

"Evolution of the Boston Harbor from Colonial Days to the Present" with facilitator Michael H. Cunningham

 November 5 class, November 19 class, November 26 class, December 3 class, December 10


Sample Brown Bag Presentations from Fall 2012

"One Times Square" with presenter Joe McKendry

September 24 presentation

"Brookline's Variation on the 'Village' Model: Implications for Your Community" with presenter Frank Caro

October 1 presentation

"Cocktails: A Global History" with presenter Joe Carlin

November 7 presentation

"American Quilt Traditions" with presenter Cheryl Savageau

November 27 presentation

"Women of the Bible in Art"

November 29 presentation

"America Has Voted: The Election of 2012- Where Do We Go From Here?" with presenter Gary L. Hylander

November 30 presentation

Sample Course Lectures from Spring 2012

"Moving Forward from Crises: Historical Review of the U.S. and China" with facilitator Wanli Hu
March 13 class, March 14 class, March 19 class, March 21 class, March 26 class, March 28 class, April 2 class, April 4 class,
April 9 class, April 11 class

"Our Turbulent World: Travels in Three Conflict Regions" with facilitator Barry Pell
March 14 class, March 21 class, March 28 class

"What's Good to Eat?" with facilitator Joe Carlin
March 30 class, April 13, April 20 class, April 27 class, May 4 class

"Non-Jewish Victims of the Third Reich" with facilitator Janet Lemus
April 3 class, April 10 class, April 17 class, April 24 class

"Healthy Lifestyles to Improve Brain Health: Evidence-based Recommendations" with facilitators Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD, and Lynn Serper
April 12 class, April 19 class, April 26 class, May 3 class, May 10 class

"Globalization: Who is Winning and Who is Losing?" with facilitator Michael Keating
May 1 class, May 8 class , May 22 class

Sample Brown Bag Presentations from Spring 2012

"Mozambique: Portuguese and African Culture Blend in Southern Africa" with presenter Barry Pell

"Tibet and Nepal: Spiritual People of the Himalayas" with presenter Barry Pell


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