Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Culture and Travel

Fall 2013

  • Introduction to Italy and Italian Culture (Video Conference)

    Day: 7 Thursdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/12-10/24
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, Lower Level, Presentation Room 3; Cordage Park, Plymouth & Hingham Public Library, Whiton Room via video conference
    Facilitator: Irene L. Roman
    Description: The structure of this course will be the introduction of basic phrases, sentences, and vocabulary necessary to function comfortably while traveling in Italy. The participants will be able to pronounce and read Italian in the first session. The participants will be encouraged to play an active role in the class discussions. Cultural nuances and sites will be highlighted to enhance the enjoyment of Italy. This course will also provide a basic introduction to Italian for those who may desire to further the study. Participants will be encouraged to play a very active role in pronunciation, readings, and discussions. The emphasis is to help participants feel relaxed and comfortable with a new language.

  • Ancient Kingdoms: The History and Culture of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam

    Day: 6 Fridays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/13-10/18
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Wichian Rojanawon
    Description: This course will provide an historical overview of Thailand and three Southeast Asian countries-- Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, once called Indochina by French colonists. We will focus on the land and its people from the early kingdoms, the colonial occupations, nationalism, communism, and democracy to today’s international relations as well as the art and a diverse cultural heritage; a mixture of Hindu and Buddhist religions. Participants will be asked to volunteer to conduct a short presentation on a topic of their interest. This course will be a prelude to an exclusive OLLI 19-day trip to visit these four countries this November with the facilitator. Members who have been to one of these countries or those who have not yet visited are welcome to take this course. There may be a small fee for handouts.

  • “A Bite of China”

    Day: 8 Mondays
    Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m.
    Dates: 9/16-11/18 (no class on 10/14 & 11/11)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Shixian Sheng
    Description: Everyone knows that Chinese food is truly diverse, colorful, inventive and healthy. The development and diversity of the delights of Chinese cuisine are also representative of China’s long history. We are going to learn about the intricacy and cultural origins of the Chinese cuisine. For those who wish to know China better, come take “A Bite of China.” You will be amazed at how much imagination and tradition go into the food of China.

  • Culinary Journey to the Far East

    Day: 5 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/18-10/16
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Genevieve Forde
    Description: Join us as we explore the cuisines of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Recycle those takeout menus, and come learn where some of your favorite foods come from, and how to make them.

  • Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

    Day: 6 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/18-10/23
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 415
    Facilitator: Laura Meier
    Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is a beautiful language with its own grammar and vocabulary. Do you want to know how to spell your name in ASL? Do you want to “talk” in sign language with someone? Then, this class is for you! Don’t be afraid to sign with your hands! We will learn basic ASL phrases along with vocabulary in class. This informal class will progress at your pace. We will also learn about deaf history and culture related to ASL thru film clips. Information about required text and materials will be sent to participants enrolled in this class.

  • Culinary America

    Day: 5 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 10/23-11/20
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Genevieve Forde
    Description: Come explore regional American cuisine as we journey across our vast country. From historical to local specialties, find out where your favorite American comfort foods come from.