OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville

OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville OLLI at UNC Asheville provides opportunities to thrive in life's second half through learning, leadership, service, and research. WHAT DO WE DO?
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (formerly the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement) is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. We opened our doors in 1988 as a department of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Our goal is to enable our members to “thrive” in life’s second half. OLLI at UNC Asheville(OLLI) embraces an unusually comprehensive array of programs in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition and retirement relocation planning, intergenerational co-learning, and research on trends in the reinvention of retirement. HOW DO WE OPERATE? OLLI is housed in our own building, Reuter Center, on the UNC Asheville campus. Our collaborative member-staff led organization operates as a public-private entity, with two-thirds of our budget derived from endowment income and fees; and one-third from state funding. Approximately 450 members volunteer each year to do everything from teach, serve on committees, run research projects, mentor undergraduates, and provide consulting to other UNC Asheville departments. WHO'S TAKING NOTICE? OLLI's uniqueness has earned it frequent mention in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney, Business Week, Kiplinger’s, and The Christian Science Monitor, TV's CBS Sunday Morning, and websites such as CNN.com, AOL.com and many others. WHO PARTICIPATES? How large is OLLI’s Boomer population? If we stretch a couple of years beyond the current age threshold of 62, we find that 43% of our more than 1800 annual members are age 64 and under. So we’re nearing half who can claim to have experienced Woodstock or seen Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. Balancing out the upstart Boomer generation, we have members of the “greatest” generation represented by 17% age 75 and above. WHAT DO WE STAND FOR? Our values express how we expect to travel where we want to go:

SENSE OF COMMUNITY — We are a community of learners who rely on the active participation of its members. Through these activities, members enjoy meeting like-minded people, exploring common interests, sharing experiences and forming lasting friendships. COMMITMENT — We are committed to the development of our staff and the personal growth of our volunteers. LEADERSHIP — All members have a voice and help set goals and direction. EXCELLENCE — Our staff and volunteers are constantly seeking to achieve the highest standards of performance. INNOVATION — We creatively pursue new areas of opportunity that will benefit our members. CULTURE — We create an atmosphere that is stimulating, creative, friendly, fulfilling, and fun. WHERE ARE WE HEADING? OLLI continues to grow by taking the accumulated experience and knowledge of the past and making it newly relevant to the changing environment and conditions of life. Members get to join a new community by making friends with people who share their interests. Come and take your turn with us. You will discover wonderful, new aspects of yourself and the environment that surrounds you!

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We're looking forward to our first Fab Friday this winter with Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, w...
01/14/2021

We're looking forward to our first Fab Friday this winter with Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, who will talk about the Foundation's work to protect the parkway. We hope to see you there! Register at https://bit.ly/3nCLUU8

Want to learn more about the Foundation? Join CEO Carolyn Ward for a Fab Friday talk from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., tomorrow, Jan. 15, presented by OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. She’ll talk about showing the Blue Ridge Parkway some love in this era of tight funding constraints that threaten this treasured national park unit. Register at: https://bit.ly/3nCLUU8

Registration is open for our brand new offering, "Reading through Retirement: A Book Discussion Group about Life's Secon...
08/18/2020

Registration is open for our brand new offering, "Reading through Retirement: A Book Discussion Group about Life's Second Half"

Join David Mouw and others on this journey through reading!

C.S. Lewis said, "We read to know that we are not alone." At a time when we are all looking for connection, community, and shared experiences, Reading Through Retirement, offers you an opportunity to dive deep into issues of aging and life's second half with the guidance and collective wisdom of a group and four devoted facilitators.

With support from facilitators and the shared experience with other participants, you will have the opportunity to explore varied topics related to aging, isolation, connection, joy, meaning, and more in life's second half.

Each of the four books will offer a different topic to consider, and the program will promote connection, community and conversation. Below is a link to a synopsis of the texts to be read, the dates for discussion of each book, and name of the facilitator for each session.

Book 1: September 1 & 15
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By Atul Gawande
Facilitated by David Mouw

Book 2: October 6 & 20
The Village Effect - Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters
By Susan Pinker
Facilitated by Meridith Miller

Book 3: November 3 & 17
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
By Desmond Tutu and the 14th Dalai Lama
Facilitated by Gail Wiley

Book 4: December 1 & 8
This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Aging
By Ashton Applewhite
Facilitated by Catherine Frank

For more information, please contact Hannah Furgiuele at [email protected].

https://olliasheville.com/sites/default/files/documents/Reading%20through%20Retirement_%20%284%29.pdf

We hope you can join us today at 1 pm for the second event in our series:  Including the Invisible: Race, Place, and Fai...
08/18/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Speaker Series on Racial Disparity - Including the Invisible: Race, Place, and Faith in Rural Western North Carolina. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the...

We hope you can join us today at 1 pm for the second event in our series: Including the Invisible: Race, Place, and Faith in Rural Western North Carolina. You can register here: https://unca-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PVSBCQwySTmSwPTpuIK88Q

Including the Invisible: Race, Place, and Faith in Rural Western North Carolina, features a distinguished team that earned an interdisciplinary fellowship to study the influence of structural racism on healthcare in WNC. This panel includes Dr. Ameena Batada, Associate Professor of Health and Wellness at UNCA, Je’wana Grier-McEachin, Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA) and Jill Fromewick, Social Epidemiologist and Research Scientist at MAHEC. These participants will discuss structural racism, introduce the details of their study and be available for follow up discussion and questions.

Including the Invisible: Race, Place, and Faith in Rural Western North Carolina, features a distinguished team that earned an interdisciplinary fellowship to study the influence of structural racism on healthcare in WNC. This panel includes Dr. Ameena Batada, Associate Professor of Health and Wellne...

08/14/2020
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It's that time of year, OLLI annual membership renewal time! If you haven't joined us yet, now is the perfect time to become an OLLI Member. Here are 10 reasons why:

10. No commute time or fighting traffic and no missing class because you are not in Asheville. Just turn on your computer!
9. Guaranteed prime parking spot: your own driveway!
8. Perfect temperature in your personal classroom! No more wearing or shedding layers to be comfortable.
7. A view of your classmates' faces and not just the backs of their heads. Read names without the awkward process of searching for a nametag.
6. The treat of your own snacks and beverages without ever enduring someone else's crunchy potato chips, crinkly wrappers, or overly fragrant soup.
5. Ability to turn down the sound when someone asks a long-winded question and to use the chat box to make comments if you are someone who doesn't usually talk in class.
4. A reservation for the best seat in the house. You can see the slides and adjust the volume to meet your needs.
3. Access to the weekly OLLI Newsletters and the online community of OLLIChat.
2. Lifleong learning and d Virtual Happy Hours, Leadership Asheville Seniors, our new Reading Through Retirement book club series, community connection in CFS courses, Member only Fab Fridays, Special Events and Programs, including the Inclusion Committee's series on racial inequity, online performances by OLLI musicians, poets, and storytellers, and planned Virtual Happy Hours, Leadership Asheville Seniors, our new Reading Through Retirement book club series,
1. Supporting an organization that has been a lifeline for so many people as they adjust to retirement and ensuring that OLLI will be here for you as we all adjust to our post-pandemic world.

Register here: https://www.campusce.net/olliasheville/category/category.aspxhttps://www.campusce.net/olliasheville/category/category.aspx

Check out the online catalog for detailed class information:https://files.constantcontact.com/0ceafb8f001/061d7b13-ae04-416f-97a8-f8269a2dd3e1.pdf

Join us tomorrow for our kickoff event in OLLI's Speaker Series on Racial Disparity - Cultural Humility: Mitigating Race...
08/11/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Virtual Speaker Series on Racial Disparity - Cultural Humility: Mitigating Race-based inequities. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join us tomorrow for our kickoff event in OLLI's Speaker Series on Racial Disparity - Cultural Humility: Mitigating Race-based inequities.

We are honored to be joined by Dr. Sharon West. West, who earned a Doctorate of Professional Studies in clinical ethics at Albany Medical College, is a consultant, nursing educator, newspaper columnist and presenter focusing on inequities in health care, clinical ethics, culturally appropriate patient care delivery, and advance care directive education. She serves as an appointee by Governor Cooper on the N.C. Commission of Public Health.

Cultural Humility has been defined as a “willingness to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture.” Dr. West introduces this multidimensional concept through exploration and application of the tenets of cultural humility and how to operationalize this concept in the elimination of race-based health inequities.

We invite you to join us by registering at: https://unca-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J5ybmJYmQqWYBpSuC9Ozww

Cultural Humility has been defined as a “willingness to suspend what you know, or what you think you know, about a person based on generalizations about their culture.” Dr. West introduces this multidimensional concept through exploration and application of the tenets of cultural humility and ho...

The American Historical Association will host a live webinar on Thursday, July 2, from 12:30-1:30 PM  "Erasing History o...
07/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Erasing History or Making History? Race, Racism, and the American Memorial Landscape. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

The American Historical Association will host a live webinar on Thursday, July 2, from 12:30-1:30 PM "Erasing History or Making History? Race, Racism, and the American Memorial Landscape"

This webinar will feature historians David W. Blight (Yale Univ.) and Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard Univ.), moderated by AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman.

Register for this webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IiCJX1JQQKGoJt7mFf8MRg
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Watch it on Facebook Live on the American Historical Association's page. Can't make it? Check it out afterward on the AHA's YouTube channel.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Erasing History or Making History? Race, Racism, and the American Memorial Landscape. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

06/08/2020
Hillary Does the Macarena, with Chris Skoczynski

OLLI at UNC Asheville members, as we know, have come to us from all corners of the globe. Over so many lifetimes, they've lived stories that are compelling and unique. They've witnessed history; they've made it, too. We hope you enjoy this first story from our "Gray Matters: Creating Connections": Hillary Does the Macarena, with Chris Skoczynski. We are looking for more stories from OLLI at UNC Asheville members, so let us know if you have a story to share.

OLLI at UNC Asheville members come to us from all corners of the globe. Over so many lifetimes, they've lived stories that are compelling and unique. They've...

Jacob Lawrence's 1963 painting "Two Rebels," was painted in response to anti-segregation demonstrations in Birmingham, A...
06/04/2020

Jacob Lawrence's 1963 painting "Two Rebels," was painted in response to anti-segregation demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, when protestors faced mass arrest designed to bring attention to racial discrimination in the South.

Lawrence gave us powerful images that captured the history and lived reality of African Americans that was never part of his formal education. This week, we hope that some of your energy as a lifelong learner is to educate yourself, to hear the voices too often marginalized, and, in the words of former President Barack Obama, to "work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.”

05/29/2020
OLLI TV: Episode 6: Secret Sauce of OLLI

For this week's video we decided to go back to some video Hannah Furgiuele captured in 2018 for a presentation we put together trying to identify the ingredients that make up the "secret sauce" of great teaching in lifelong learning programs. At first we worried that some people might see these videos only as a reminder of what we don't have right now. We hope you will see them instead as an inspiring demonstration of what continues to be the heart of who we are and what we do, whether we are together or apart. In "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the "Whos down in Whoville" demonstrate that the spirit of the holiday is not about what comes from a store but about their sense of community. And while we love the Reuter Center and the UNC Asheville campus, our program is so valuable because of the people who teach and the people who learn, and we are continuing that good work and continuing to demonstrate and enjoy the spirit of lifelong learning.

Hear from some of OLLI's beloved instructors about why they enjoy teaching at OLLI. These interviews, while done in 2018, are still relevant to the unique co...

05/22/2020
An OLLI Musical Parody

Weekends and holidays don't feel the same any more, but we know that this musical parody from Jacqueline Lowe, OLLI's facilities and communications coordinator and proprietress of the Zoom Cafe, will put you in the mood to celebrate. Cheers to the start of summer!

During these strange times, OLLI staff just doesn't get around as much anymore! Staying at home inspired Jacqueline to create a musical parody based on a fam...

05/21/2020
Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring for 13 Players (Live Performance)

Music is a common language, a way to express and connect. Our community partner, Pan Harmonia, has shared their gift of music through their performance of Aaron Copland’s beautiful Appalachian Spring in its original setting for 13 players. How wonderful to be able to listen anytime we want in our own homes! This SRO concert took place at the Masonic Temple in Asheville on May 19, 2013. Were you there?

Pan Harmonia Season Finale 2013 Live at the Asheville Masonic Temple, Asheville, NC www.panharmonia.org Kate Steinbeck, flute / director Fred Lemmons, clarin...

Sally Pete teaches courses that inspire OLLI members to crochet and knit. During the pandemic, Sally has used her own ta...
05/19/2020

Sally Pete teaches courses that inspire OLLI members to crochet and knit. During the pandemic, Sally has used her own talents and encouraged others to knit caps for patients receiving cancer treatments. The caps in the photo are by OLLI member, knitter and quilter Jill Parker. Another OLLI member receiving treatments at the Messino Cancer Center has delivered caps that she has made and has also made more than 100 face masks. She reports that when she delivered caps and masks that the staff received them with smiles and appreciation. Sally's OLLI friend writes, "Being both a semi-bald patient and therapeutic knitter myself, wearing one of these handmade caps on my walks reminds me that someone out there lent a helping hand." Let us know what you are doing these days to lend a helping hand.

05/15/2020
Episode 5: A Time for Cooking

We are all thinking differently about food during our time safe at home. We hope you will enjoy this OLLI staff video, "A Time for Cooking" and be inspired to enjoy improvising with the ingredients you have.

The OLLI TV Cooking Show!

Asheville Symphony Orchestra Symphony Talks with Conductor and Musical Director Dark Butorac are among the most well-att...
05/14/2020
Without Concerts At Least Until February 2021, Asheville Symphony Strives For Current Relevance

Asheville Symphony Orchestra Symphony Talks with Conductor and Musical Director Dark Butorac are among the most well-attended programs at OLLI and UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. OLLI members are ardent supporters of the symphony in many ways. We know that we will all miss the MasterWorks concerts, but we give a standing ovation to the optimism and resilience displayed in this look at the symphony's plans for a post-pandemic world and the opportunity to question what is most important to the orchestra as they face the world ahead.

NOTE: This is the first in our two-part look at the outlook of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra during and after the Coronavirus pandemic. Darko Butorac is

05/09/2020
Hope and Patience

We are excited to announce our Summer 2020 online courses for OLLI at UNC Asheville. As a staff we ask for your patience as we start this process under very unusual circumstances. We hope that you share our enthusiasm and sense of inspiration as we enter this experiment, And we know you share our thanks to the instructors and staff who are boldly entering this work with us.

We think that that masked woman in Bill LaRocque's cartoon looks suspiciously like a beloved OLLI instructor who began t...
05/07/2020

We think that that masked woman in Bill LaRocque's cartoon looks suspiciously like a beloved OLLI instructor who began teaching at College for Seniors in 1997 and has taught 40 courses and participated in 17. And even if you don't know this red head, we know that you will appreciate the spirit of all OLLI members who are staying at home and flattening the curve, while we anticipate OLLI remote learning opportunities this summer.

We thought you might enjoy this image of former College for Seniors director Susan Poole delivering a hand-made face mas...
05/04/2020

We thought you might enjoy this image of former College for Seniors director Susan Poole delivering a hand-made face mask to current College for Seniors program manager Herb Gunn, while maintaining social distance. These are indeed strange times, but the spirit of helping and the connections formed among members of our OLLI at UNC Asheville community of teachers and learners stays strong.

05/03/2020
Gardening at our Home Offices

We are all "tending our own gardens" and enjoying the emerging life around us as spring comes to our beautiful mountains. So OLLI staff had a little fun this week showing you the various levels of success we are having in finding peace and satisfaction in taking care of plants. We would love you to share your stories of making your gardens grow.

It's springtime in Western North Carolina, and members of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association has captured t...
04/30/2020

It's springtime in Western North Carolina, and members of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association has captured the season beautifully. Thank you CNPA, for sharing your beautiful photos. Share your spring photos in the comments below!

04/30/2020
OLLI Virtual Open Mic Night

Did you miss OLLI at UNC Asheville's first Open Mic Night? Never fear. Here is the entire performance. We are so grateful to Hannah Furgiuele for coming up with the idea and for being a great master of ceremonies and to our amazing performers: Bobbie Rockwell, Nick Peters, Melanie and Mac Johnson, Katie and Lewis Wills, and Jacqueline Lowe. What what a great way to celebrate the talents of our members and staff and to connect with one another. We are planning future events!

04/27/2020
Haw Creek Bear 1

We asked our OLLI at UNC Asheville members what they are doing at home as we all are doing our part to maintain social distance. Some of them are discovering new neighbors. Thanks to OLLI Communications Committee member Michael Harrison for sending these images of new friends in Haw Creek.

Hey Carol, there's a bear! Our second bear sighting of the year. This one was *much* closer than the one the previous night. These suckers are quiet! Please ...

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Asheville, NC
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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
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Hello to all my friends at OLLI. Some of you have kindly asked me to let you know when my book came out. My historical Novel "A Home on Wilder Shores" is out in print and E-editions on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Check out the reviews there. Thanks, Susan
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Connie is booking for the 2019-2020 school year now and would love to bring stories to her hometown schools here in Asheville and the surrounding communities. Contact [email protected] and ask about special discounts for local performances. For elementary students, Connie tells participatory, high-energy Appalachian and traditional world tales as well as stories from the best of children's literature, often accompanied by musical sound effects and props. For Middle and Senior High Schools, her repertoire includes humorous mountain tales, hair-raising chillers, dramatic true-life adventures along with captivating folktales: all for older imaginations and young adults. She is also available for teacher & parent workshops.
Want to learn Appalachian Clogging and Flatfoot? It's great fun to make rhythms with your feet to old-time fiddle and banjo music. Classes start next week. More info at https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleappalachiancloggingandflatfoot/
Thanks to Laura Hope-Gill for this grand endorsement! Here's what she said about my upcoming 6 weekly story-work sessions at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville. Come join us! Do you have a storyteller in your circle of closest friends and family? Here is a fantastic gift for them: a workshop with Connie Regan-Blake. This six-week course allows time for stories to develop, for each participant to reflect and explore between sessions. I did this last Spring, and I've been telling stories every since using what I learned. There's more to telling a good tale than simply having one to tell. Connie generously shares her wisdom and serious skills--from knowing what kind of cough drop to use to knowing how to stop thinking your words aren't magic.
Several options starting for clogging and flatfooting lessons in January in Asheville. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleappalachiancloggingandflatfoot/
Several options starting for clogging and flatfooting lessons in January in Asheville. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleappalachiancloggingandflatfoot/
This winter take the opportunity to nurture new stories to grow in 6 weekly sessions with Connie at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville.
For my Asheville/Black Mountain buddies - hope to see you at this performance next Saturday evening. And I am delighted that Donna Marie Todd will also take the stage and share one of her 'not to be missed' true stories!