Newsletter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois -- Nov. 2015
Letter from the Director

 Dear Friends,
It seems like it was just September and we were all sharpening our pencils for the start of the OLLI fall semester! What an action-packed two months we have had: 42 courses, our first semester in our new home at M2, and many opportunities to engage with other OLLI members in scheduled programs and informal activities. It was a fall when we welcomed visits by two very special guests: William Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Steve Thaxton, Executive Director of the Osher Institutes National Resource Center - we were so proud to welcome them to OLLI and share information about our members and our program. Every day of the fall semester was full of activity and curiosity and discovery, and all of it was accomplished with the generosity of time and talent and resources of our amazing members and partners. Janet and Kate and I extend our gratitude, and we hope that you've had a rewarding semester filled with new ideas, ongoing interests, and fulfilling connections.
Bernard Osher, whose philanthropy and support provide inspiration for all that we do at OLLI, was recently honored as a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging for 2015, and he said, "I would encourage people to actively participate in the affairs of our time, to volunteer their help to those in need, to share their subject-matter expertise and to continue to make their mark." I can't imagine any greater goals for each of us to have - and I hope that OLLI can be a part of that journey for you!
In mid-October, Board Chair Tim Smith and I attended the Osher Institutes National Conference at the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was an absolutely exhilarating opportunity to share ideas and experiences with our counterparts from the other 118 OLLIs nationwide! We came back to Champaign-Urbana brimful of innovative programs and great ideas for member engagement - and of great admiration for all of the exciting work that is being done under the OLLI umbrella (which now encompasses more than 150,000 members). The greatest pleasure of all was the opportunity to thank Mr. Osher in person for the countless ways that his vision and generosity make it possible for us to make a difference in so many lives.
As the late-fall study group session commences and the end of the year is looming larger on the horizon, it's hard not to look back over this year and marvel at the many places this great program has taken us. We have explored many parts of the world, and the vast world of ideas. Our long investigation of facility issues led us to a new space that will support our continued growth in the years ahead. We welcomed new members and instructors and speakers, and shared in the excitement of rediscovering some of the well-loved traditions that define us as a community. As always, the greatest pleasure has been the journey itself - and, with fellow travelers like you, it has been a joyful adventure! Thank you for the many ways that you have enriched the OLLI community and made this remarkable year possible. Wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful end to this year, and many more opportunities to make your mark in 2016!
All best wishes,
Group Photo from the Osher Institutes National Conference 2015


GIft You may have friends and associates who have recently retired, or just moved to the area, or just learned about OLLI - and we hope that you'll let them know about half-year memberships, which are available now. A half-year membership entitles a member to all OLLI benefits during the period from December 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. (For those of you who took fall courses, your full-year membership continues, and will expire on June 30, 2016. Full-year memberships always begin on July 1, and are available for renewal or new membership in the late spring. All full-year and half-year members will be notified when it is time to renew for the next year.)

A half-year membership is $90; a second person in the same household can join for $70. Membership includes one free course and one free study group. Each additional 8-week course is $30 (4-week courses are $15), and each additional study group is $15.

The joy of learning makes a wonderful gift! Gift certificates and more information are available in the OLLI office.
OLLI at Illinois and the National Endowment for the Humanities
Last year, OLLI at Illinois launched a new partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities that included multiple special events, including screenings of the documentaries Freedom Riders and Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the Making of the American City; a day-trip devoted to exploring Chicago's architecture; and study groups and courses that incorporated NEH materials, including the Ken Burns documentary series The Roosevelts.
This partnership represents a rich addition to the educational programs that OLLI offers, and a wonderful opportunity to work together with the exceptional resources on campus and within the community. The NEH mission includes continuing education and lifelong learning as one of its platforms. The materials they produce are intended for a broad audience, and OLLI at Illinois is a natural and congenial constituency for this kind of outreach at the local level. Because many of these materials (and related teaching guides) are already among the holdings of the campus and community libraries, this connection is further strengthened.
We are pleased and honored to continue this relationship in the current year, and we look forward to sharing more news about events that will take place during the first half of 2016.
In the meantime, the NEH is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and we encourage you to explore the rich contributions that they have made to our national public life. In its 50-year history, the NEH has provided more than 63,000 grants totaling $5.3 billion. The funding led to the discovery of a lost fort at Jamestown, created the first King Tut museum exhibit, preserved the papers of 10 presidents including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and invested in the early career of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
Learn more about the NEH and this important anniversary celebration here -
Many of the prestigious grants awarded by the NEH have gone to world-class scholars on our own campus (including many current and past OLLI instructors and guest lecturers!) - and we encourage you to explore this outstanding online exhibition produced by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities on "Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge: 50 Years of NEH Engagement at the University of Illinois" -

New Nationwide Contest Announced by NEH: Chronicling America Data Challenge!
The Chronicling America database provides free access to 10 million pages of historically significant newspapers published in the US between 1836 and 1922. The NEH invites "hackers of all ages" to uncover and collect the treasures that can be found in this remarkable collection! Details about the contest and the prizes (a cash award, bragging rights, and a trip to Washington to present the winning projects) can be found here -
In This Issue

OLLI Spring Courses Begin
January 25, 2016!

Have you ever wanted to learn about the origins of life on earth and the works of Frank Lloyd Wright?

Explore international films and the Salem witch trials and the world of mummies?

Learn to read great literature and listen to the perfect three-minute jazz masterpiece?

Immerse yourself in the past and learn more about the world we live in right now? This spring semester at OLLI, you can!

Printed course catalogs will appear as an insert in The News-Gazette on November 23, and will be available in the office after the Thanksgiving break. The course descriptions are available online now.
Course registration begins on Thursday, December 3. Registration instructions can be downloaded here.

Reclamation Triptych
by Deborah Fell
Deborah Fell's art quilts have been exhibited in venues that include the United Nations Building in New York City, the Moscone in San Francisco, and The Works Gallery in Newark (a Smithsonian Institution Affiliated Museum) - and now her 2011 piece Reclamation Triptych hangs in the main reception area of the OLLI office.

Deborah - whose OLLI courses on the art and history of quilts have been popular offerings during the past several years - loaned the piece to OLLI at Illinois for the duration of the year. At the end of that period, we hope to make this piece a permanent part of our collection, and we would welcome donations toward the purchase of Reclamation Triptych.

For now, we hope that members and visitors continue to enjoy this gorgeous, innovative artwork!
Dates and Deadlines  
for 2015 - 2016
November 2015
26-27 - Thanksgiving Break - OLLI closed 
December 2015
3 - Registration for spring 2016 courses begins
18 - Study groups begin hiatus for holiday break
23 - OLLI office closes at 12:00 noon for holiday break; closed through January 1, 2016
January 2016
4 - OLLI office re-opens; study groups resume
15 - Late fall study groups end
18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - OLLI closed
25 - Spring courses begin
February 2016
18 - Deadline for proposals for spring study groups
March 2016
2 - Registration for spring study groups begins
9 - Deadline for course proposals for fall 2016
18 - Spring courses end
28 - Spring study groups begin
April 2016
May 2016
27 - Study group session ends
30 - Memorial Day - OLLI closed
June 2016
2 - Deadline for study group proposals for summer session
14 - Annual Meeting and Dinner
15 - Registration begins for summer study groups
July 2016
4 - Independence Day - OLLI closed
5 - Summer study groups begin
7 - Registration begins for fall courses
OLLI e-Reviews: What is the first movie that really made an impression on you?

The Wizard of Oz: "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!   

The Wizard of Oz (1939) is the most watched film ever, and the movie most frequently submitted by OLLI members as the first movie to really have an impact on them.
Here's an article from Psychology Today about this: Why the Wizard of Oz is the Most Popular Film of All Time.

Sandy Cuza. The Wizard of Oz...particulary the witch!

Patricia Davis.
The Wizard of Oz was the first movie I remember making a big impression on me. I was probably about 8 years old and when the wicked witch appeared my mother had to take me out of the room into the lobby. I don't remember if we ever went back in. Of course I have seen the movie multiple times, but I must admit I still get a creepy feeling when that green face first appears!

Donna Davis-Pearson. The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz and those darn flying monkeys and evil witch made a big impression on my siblings and me every year that it was shown. Don't we wish we could melt our troubles away like Dorothy?

Barbara Hartman. The Wizard of Oz. It was magic when it changed from black and white to color. And I loved Toto.

Kathleen Holden. The Wizard of Oz. The witches curling feet as the house was sitting on top of her sent me under the theatre chair. This was quickly followed by my mother helping me to make a not-so-dignified exit from the theatre. Today, this is one of my all time favorite films.

Eileen Kohen. The Wizard of Oz.

Armine Mortimer. I can't say a great deal about it, because I was only two and a half, but you did ask for the first movie that made an impression on me, and that was The Wizard of Oz. I do remember being so scared that I stood up in my seat facing the back of the theater, and I think I probably was crying too. As I remember it, maybe from a later reconstruction, it was the parts in black and white-or a kind of sepia?-that scared me so much. After all, I learned many years later, that was the tornado.

Dorothy Nichols.
The first movie that really made an impression on me was The Wizard of Oz.

Robert Selby. The Wizard of Oz.

James Winston. The Wizard of Oz. The plot seemed to me like that was how life should be, now I know it can be!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Original Movie Trailer (1937)
Sandra Casserly. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first movie I saw when I was 5 years old. My parents decided I was old enough and took my younger brother and me to see it. I especially loved the seven dwarfs and still remember their "Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work we go" song. I was so terrified of the wicked witch holding her poisonous apple that I quickly put my hands over my eyes. The film was so special because it was the first full length animated movie ... and in color!

Lou Crabtree. Bambi, the forest-burning scene.

Marilynne Davis
. My first ever movie and the one that still gets me today was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney. I was 6 or 7 at the time. When that Evil Queen stood on the mountain top and the lightning flashed and the thunder roared while she held that apple up, and her cape swirled and those red lips yelled, I was petrified, horrified, scared witless and speechless. And to top it off, my 13-years-older brother, who was to have taken me and stayed with me, got me into the theater and left to go play pool. I was frozen to the seat. And I have no memory of anything of that movie after that scene. Disney did and still does an awesome job at scaring kids.

Elayne Foisy
Bambi Original Movie Trailer (1942)
. Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, 1945. My mother and I rode the bus into downtown Worcester, Mass. I was all dressed up complete with new patent leather shoes (which made a wonderful sound on the sidewalk) and my first pocketbook. We sat in red plush seats in the balcony. I will never forget this day and this marvelous movie. (In real color!)

Pat Jordan. Fantasia made a BIG impression on me with the classical music enlivened by the animation. I think I was about 6 and it probably exposed me to the grand world of classical music.

Curtis Krock.
It's hard to pick, but I think Snow White was the movie that really made a lasting impression.

Rosemary Laughlin
. Definitely Disney's Fantasia, that indelible fusing of image and sound. Whenever I hear those musical pieces, I still think of Mickey Mouse hauling water, the raptors on Bald Mountain, the dinosaurs plodding, the flowers waltzing, etc.

Dumbo Original Movie Trailer (1941)
Clare Margiotta. Song of the South.

Maureen McCord. The first one I saw. After that: Snow White and Pinocchio - Monstro the Whale really frightened me.
Barak Rosenshine.

Norm Schutt
. Alice in Wonderland. I was a little kid and it scared me in the scene with the tornado. Still don't want to see it today.

Cheri Sullivan. Bambi. My older brother had to carry me out when Bambi's mother died, and I still remember sobbing in the lobby. My father had just left for Korea, and I think the idea of losing my mother also was more than a 5-year-old could handle.

Nicholas Temperley. The first movie that really made an impression on me was Pinocchio.

Sandy Updike.
I was 4 or 5 years old (this was 1959 or so) and my mom took me to see Babes in Toyland at the Stadium Theater in Jerseyville, Illinois. I can't even remember what it was about, but it had a handsome leading man (Bobby Sands), and it was full of magical, sparkling color. I have loved movies ever since.

Candace Wilmot. The first movie I ever saw, and the one that really made an impression on me, was Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. My mother took me to see it when I was 4 or 5 years old and apparently the wicked witch was so terrifying that I had to be removed from the theater.  

Other Great Movies
Gene Amberg. The first move that I recall making an impression (I was 14, I think) was David Lean's epic WWII adventure, The Bridge on the River Kwai. The movie captured my imagination because my father was a WWII veteran, and this was the first movie he took my brothers and I to. This movie won many Academy Awards, I believe - including Best Picture in 1957 (I saw it in 1964), and Alec Guinness won Best Actor. The theme song, an old WWII whistling march, was also memorable.

Bari Arnote. Gone with the Wind.

Louise Audrieth. The first movie that really made an impression on me was Splendor in the Grass. I was just a teenager when I saw it and it was a movie that my parents didn't exactly approve for me to see, but it involved a situation with a teenager like myself dealing with becoming a woman. My relationship with my parents was very different than in the movie, but I understood what the characters were going through.

Frances Baker. Bergman's The Seventh Seal. I realized for the first time that a film could be a work of art.

John Bennett. I can't imagine that this would be the absolute first movie--or movie experience--to make an impression, but watching James Dean in Rebel without a Cause and East of Eden, not in the communal setting of a theater but solitary, lying on the floor of a darkened living room in front of a tiny B&W set is what comes to mind. I would have been in early adolescence, I suppose, and found in each of Dean's characters someone who spoke directly to me, a teen who seemed to have the deck stacked against him. Not long afterward, a nearby Franciscan offered a retrospective of the films of Federico Fellini. La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, 8, Juliet of the Spirits--wow! Cinema took me on a wild ride away from Maple Hts., Ohio. Curiously, La Dolce Vita left almost no impression whatsoever.

Cheryl Binch. The movie Midnight Cowboy made a huge impression on me when I was young. Still moves me.

Catherine Blom.
I forget the title, but it was a thriller I shouldn't have seen. It was rated R but I went anyway and was scared of the dark for years afterwards.

Sam Bostaph.
The first movie that made a strong impression on me was Shane. It's still one of my favorites because of Alan Ladd's success in the heroic lead and Jack Palance's menacing Wilson.

Jim Brinkman. Frankenstein with Boris Karloff. I was 5-6 yrs old, scared the hell out of me.

Chris Catanzarite. You would think it would be The Wizard of Oz, which certainly made a long-term impact on me, or The Sound of Music, which I've seen more than any other movie (I lost count at 150!). But it was actually The Graduate, which I saw in 1967. As a 5-year-old budding movie enthusiast, I was too young to absorb all of the grown-up material, but I was especially struck by the wedding scene at the end - the visuals, the characters' commitment to the moment. I knew that something serious and important was happening, and I knew that I would someday learn to appreciate it. Since then, of course, I've seen The Graduate scores of times, and my first assessment of it was absolutely correct. It remains one of my favorite films.

Priscilla Christians. It was To Kill A Mockingbird, in black and white when I was college age.

Marsha Clinard.
The Red Shoes. The ending made quite an impression. And the dancing.

Gail Cohen.
It would have to be The Red Shoes. I saw it at a theater in NYC when it first came out and I've never forgotten it for some reason.

Jaafar Dhahir.
The first movie that made an impression on me is The Birds.

Rog Ewald. Mrs. Miniver in 1942.

Priscilla Fortier
. I saw Susan Hayward in I Want to Live in 1958 when I was 10. This was a film based on a more or less true story about a woman who was executed in the California gas chamber. Apparently her actual guilt was in doubt and that, combined with the rather gruesome execution scene, haunted me for weeks!

Natalie Frankenberg. Psycho! Since seeing Psycho, I haven't taken a shower without locking the bathroom door!

Tom Galer-Unti
. I saw lots of movies growing up in small town Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. We roamed freely in town in the fifties and sixties as kids. Films weren't rated then but I see The Birds (1963) is rated PG-13 now. I saw it when it came out. I was 11 years old. I remember being so startled when birds started attacking Tippi Hedren. Even though I knew more attacks were coming, I still flinched in my seat when each attack scene started. I don't remember if I spilled my popcorn or Sugar Babies.

Robin Goettel
. It has to be The Sound of Music. It was a family event in 1965, going to a theater in downtown Chicago with my immediate family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Everything about it was spectacular - the story, the singing, the setting, the cinematography!

Marilyn Hancock. Room With a View and later The Enchanted April.

Eve Harwood
. The movie is Funny Face, with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. I was 8 years old and my parents took me with them to the movie theatre in the next town - a first and a real treat. I came out of the movie holding back tears, because the last scene where Hepburn runs down the steps in flowing robes, with the music playing, moved me so intensely. My dad was irritated with the sniffling as we pulled out of the parking lot, and assumed it was because the trailer that followed the movie contained a shoot-out scene. "Eve, if you're going to cry every time someone in a movie gets shot, we can't take you to the movies ever again." "But she's not crying about that," intervened my mother, in whom I had confided on the way to the car. "Well why are you crying then?" he demanded. "Because it was so beau-u-u-tiful" I sobbed. That became a family punch line, a source of gentle teasing it took a long time to live down. I stand by the response and still prefer movies that move me because of their sheer beauty - scenery, language, humanity.

Joanne Haynes. The Man in the Iron Mask. I was about seven, and I don't think I understood what it was actually about, but the image of that hideous mask depressed me then and still does.

Julie Healy
. The Big Chill.

Marne Helgesen
. Other than the Saturday matinee cowboy movies which I adored, the first real movie that impressed me was when I was about 5 years old. My mother took me to see Mona Lisa and also The Red Shoes.

Steve Hesselschwerdt
. For Whom the Bell Tolls - fell in love with Gary Cooper.

Lee Holloway.
Sergeant York.

John Jordan
. From the 40s I remember seeing a movie production of The Mikado and from the 50s I remember Destination Moon.

Linda Jordan
. Gone with the Wind.
Mary Carroll King. Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. I lived in a small town, Gibson City, and it was such an eye opening introduction to the African-American world.

Jeff Kirby.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

Patricia Knowles. A Raisin in the Sun.

Bernice Lieberman. I was enchanted with National Velvet with the young Elizabeth Taylor. I also loved Margaret O'Brien, but cannot recall any films.

Chris Main. The Way We Were with Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford. Streisand's character was a young activist who was always pursuing social justice and change. Redford was sort of a frat boy type who lacked her political bent. They were doomed from the start but it was still a beautiful love story.

Ellen McDowell. The first film which impressed me significantly was All Quiet on the Western Front, which I must have seen in 1930 at age six. I had seen other silent films and remember distraught heroines rushing about and other silent films intended to be funny with much mindless destruction of property - I missed the humor. But I recall graphic images from All Quiet, and particularly my maiden aunt who took me to the film, sitting beside me, weeping quietly. I asked, her, "What's wrong?" "Oh," she replied, "The men, the men...". I understood, even though I was young, she meant the men of her generation.

Jim McEnerney. Alien.

Sharon McFarland. For me it was The Manchurian Candidate, the 1962 version. Angela Lansbury was such a menacing character, not at all like the character she played on Murder She Wrote. I really enjoyed Frank Sinatra's performance in this film. I think there was 25 years between the first and second times that I watched this film, but I never forgot its impact. My husband and I use lines from the film, like "It's not that Raymond Shaw is hard to like. He's IMPOSSIBLE to like!" And, "Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?"

Bill Moritz.  Flipper, Cool Hand Luke.

Daniel Mortland. Casablanca.

Beth Felts Olmsted. The first movie that really had impact for me was Ben Hur. My mom, dad, brother, and I often went to movies as a family and the bible epics were popular. (Remember the awful casting of Edward G. Robinson as Caesar or pharaoh or somebody out of his range?) Charlton Heston was young and strong and handsome, and as Ben Hur he had me swooning. I really don't remember what else it was about the movie that made such an impact, but Heston competed with Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia for my youthful affections.

Carolyn Pater. The only movie that ever impressed me enough to see it four times was The English Patient. After I saw it the first time, I took others to see it and fell in love with all of the beautiful aspects of it. It was set during World War II (in Egypt and in Tuscany) but although I found the drama of war and love interesting, this movie was visually gorgeous - especially the Sahara sand dunes, the cave paintings, and the paintings on the ceiling of the old Italian villa; the original music by Gabriel Yared, the Bach piano pieces and some wonderful dance music from the 20s and 30s. Another of the sounds I always think of is the tinkling of the hundreds of glass bottles of ointment that the Bedouins carried around in the desert on shoulder wires and strings. The actors in the leading roles - Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Juliette Binoche - were at that time new to me, and have remained among my favorites ever since. Now that you mention it, it's time to watch it again soon!

Pat Phillips. The Canterbury Ghost. Boy, when Charles Laughton unscrewed his head, I was ready to go under the seat. Totally missed the comic aspect as a child.

Marita Romine. When I was very young my parents took me to see Mother India, about a mother struggling to raise her family in the absence of her husband. It was a beautiful movie. I am from Lima, Peru, and they played it around Mother's Day. Another movie that made a big impression when I was older is Planet of the Apes. I found the ending traumatic.

Bob Scully. Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope).

Myrna Smith. Braveheart with Mel Gibson was the one I think of first when I recall old movies. Beautiful scenery and admirable warriors!

Jerry Soesbe. Possibly The Best Years of our Lives, a 1946 film directed by William Wyler. Winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture. The film tells the story of three WWII veterans who return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. The three heroes are: a middle-aged sergeant (Fredric March), magnificent as the devoted family man who succeeds in breaking the ice with his family; an incisive Air Force captain (Dana Andrews) returning to an unfaithful wife; and a tormented sailor (Harold Russell) who has lost both hands in service, replaced by hooks in real life. I have seen this film several times and I always am touched by its authenticity, and for me it recalls that poignant moment when my own dad returned after serving in both the European and Pacific campaigns, standing in the doorway, wearing a disheveled army uniform, exhausted and frail--with tears in his eyes. I barely knew him.

Susan Taylor. I don't remember the movie - there were gladiators fighting with swords. I wondered why they couldn't get along and had to fight each other to the death. Still feel the same way. Our brutal past is also our present.

Mohan Tracy. This question brought back a lot of memories... The movie was The Living Desert. In 1953 my father took my brother and me to see it in a cinema in a town called Ipoh in Malaysia. It introduced me to a whole new world. I would have been about 11-12 years old. The movie is a documentary film that showed, to my utter surprise, that there was plenty of life even in an environment that looked so desolate. It was filmed in the Southwest. Some spectacular creatures included a tarantula, snakes and a roadrunner, many of them not easily or often seen by humans. The movie moves along in an easy and thrilling manner (it is very well narrated) making me wonder what strange creatures I was going to see next. We lived in a lush tropical country and to see another environment so totally different was a revelation. It had not occurred to me that there were other environments besides mine. It had not occurred to me that there were creatures out there that I did not know existed. It was directed by James Algar and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for 1953.

Diane Wardrop It's a toss up between two different ones: The Fighting Sullivans (about the 5 Sullivan brothers killed in WWII, and it broke my heart), and Singing in the Rain (because I could sing along with it).

Tony Welsh. Last Picture Show.

Kent Wendler. I suppose that would be the first version of War of the Worlds, in its first run back in the 50s when I was a wee one. I had to be removed from the theater because it frightened me too much.

Kenn Wilkening. The first movie that was different and made an indelible impression was one by Ingmar Bergman. It was shown at the Art Theater and anyone who went there was suspected of being too young and innocent to watch such movies. I still go to the Art Theater, but I'm not a Coop member.
OLLI members share "What I did this summer". 
Top row left to right: "Relaxing on Puget Sound", James Dobbins; "BEES not ETs", Tracy Nally; "Driving the ESST Ambulance in the  Fourth of July Parade", Michael Lyon. Bottom row left to right: "Awesome Balloons", Mohan Tracy; "Biking on the Galloping Goose", Ralph Trimble; "Bay of Fundy", Margaret Kubaitis.

About Us
OLLI Staff:
Christine Catanzarite, Director;  Kate Freeman, Office Manager; Janet Summers, Outreach Specialist
OLLI at Illinois is a member-focused community of adult learners that is supported by the
Bernard Osher Foundation, the University of Illinois Office of the Provost , and the generous donations of OLLI members and friends. It is part of a network of 119 OLLI programs across the United States, and there are more than 150,000 members nationwide.   
OLLI at Illinois was launched in the fall of 2007 with 11 courses and 297 members. News of this exciting program dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning spread quickly, and we now have approximately 1,200 members and offer more than 40 courses per semester.

In addition to classes in the fall and spring semesters, OLLI offers a dynamic schedule of programs and activities that includes lectures, study groups, educational travel opportunities, and collaborations with the Illinois campus and the communities in and around Champaign-Urbana.
OLLI Staff
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Janet Summers, Outreach Specialist
Kate Freeman, Office Manager

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