The Tucson campus of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-UA recently completed a renovation of its facility at the northeast corner of West Sixth Street and North Main Avenue, with improved audiovisual equipment and more classroom space.
Lounge facilities have been added, providing members a place for brown-bag lunching and informal social meetings.
Informational sessions for returning and prospective members will be held this month (see If you go box).
The institute offers courses to members who can join for a semester or a full year, both of which include the shorter summer session.
The fall semester features several courses closely tied to the university. Docents from the UA Museum of Art will lead discussions on the museum’s collections that are not currently on display. Another will be led by professors from the School of Music and will include performances as well as presentations on composition, music theory and music education.
Literature offerings will span three continents and four centuries with classes on writings by Moliere, Mario Vargas Llosa, Michael Ondaatje and Julian Barnes. History buffs can study Paris in the 1920s, the American Civil War, ancient Greece or the lives of U.S. presidents after leaving office.
Science is strongly represented this fall with a series on energy law — from fracking to taxation to the effects of terrorism on oil. Topics ranging from the holographic universe to the modern biology of cancer will be included in the Science Smorgasbord.
SETI — the search for extraterrestrial intelligence — will be covered in yet another class. The Frontier of Smallness will explore atoms, quarks and the Higgs boson.
The current events curriculum will include a Great Decisions group, documentary films and an interactive News and Views discussion where well-informed members exchange comments on what happened that week.
Two courses will address one aspect of American life: Guns and the American Ethos and Violence in America will both focus on gun rights and gun safety.
Membership in OLLI-UA, which is affiliated with the Outreach College of the university, is open to those over 50.
Membership provides access to any of the more than forty study groups on the schedule.
On average each OLLI-UA member attends three courses. Popular courses fill quickly, and you must be a member to register for classes, which begin Sept. 16.
A different curriculum is available at the two other OLLI-UA campuses, one in Green Valley and one in Northwest Tucson, where courses will begin on Sept. 30 (Green Valley) and Oct. 7 (Northwest).
Go to www.olli.arizona.edu online for more information.