Explore Our Fall 2020 Catalog!

  • All Fall 2020 classes are online (no in-person classes)

Welcome to Fall 2020!

In this catalog, you’ll see much of what is familiar and loved at OLLI. Though many aspects of our lives in the altered reality of 2020 continue to be a challenge, we can find gratitude in our ability to connect virtually face-to-face. At OLLI, we continue to work hard to provide you opportunities for on-going social engagement – so important in these social distancing times – and interesting, enriching, enjoyable learning opportunities.

We hope you join us in these new adventures that bring us together as we must stay apart, and consider volunteering to assist our undertaking. Opportunities to assist during your Zoom classes include taking attendance, monitoring the chatbox, noticing members who wish to ask a question. Remember, you don’t just take classes at OLLI; you become a member of a lifelong learning community! Get involved!

Fall Program Overview

Though we will miss being in Krauss Hall this Fall, we are excited about the 50+ classes and special events (38 brand-new!) we are offering this term via Zoom. Almost half of our offerings start in the first three weeks of Fall, with new courses and events starting nearly every week thereafter.

A listing of one course from each topic area illustrates the diversity of this Fall’s courses: Beginning Brush Calligraphy, The Operas of Verdi, Soil Farming, The History of India From The Mauryan Dynasty to 2000, Thackeray's Vanity Fair: A Close Reading with Social Distancing, The Psychology & Practice of Meditation, Foundations of Public Policy, Big Fishes Beyond the Reef, Chair Yoga, and Journaling in Hard Times.

These and 40+ more creative, thought-provoking, and engaging courses are sure to provide something for everyone, including new opportunities to get physical, relax, be artistic, greet old friends, and make new ones.

Key Dates for Fall 2020

  • Sept. 7: Online registration begins. No in-person registration this term
  • Sept. 7-11: Help with registration available by email wbarr@hawaii.edu or phone (call 956-2624)
  • Sept. 13: Fall Zoom Open House 1:00-3:00
  • Sept. 14: New Member Orientation 12:00-1:00
  • Sept. 16: Learning to Love Zoom: A Quick Guide 12:00-1:00
  • Sept. 21: CLASSES START
  • Nov. 1: OLLI Town Hall 1:00-3:00
  • Nov. 3: Election Day. No classes
  • Nov. 1: Veterans’ Day. No classes
  • Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving Break. No classes
  • Dec. 11: Last Day of Fall classes

Preparing for Zoom

You will receive a Zoom link for your upcoming OLLI-UHM classes in an email confirming which classes you got into, and in a reminder email prior to class. In your email, next to each class title, you will see a link. Click on the link to enter the digital classroom. You can also copy and paste that link into your web browser. If your class has multiple sessions, you’ll use the same link every week the class meets. Staff will send out frequent reminders.

A Zoom account isn’t required to attend a class session, but you do need to download the app to your device. Anyone can attend a class session using their laptop or desktop, tablet, or smartphone. We’ll be providing Zoom tutorials, FAQ sessions, and troubleshooting issues that may arise.