• Invitation to Attend Boulder Speaker Series--Topics Worth Exploring!

    Boulder Speaker Series invites any enrolled members for Fall 2019 term to attend and bring a guest to the remaining sessions held at Mountain View United Methodist Church in the Frasier Parlor room. The remaining schedule is:

    10/14/2019  Ecology and Life Cycle of the Honey Bee     Presenter: Suzanne Connolly

    10/21/2019  Canada - U.S. Relations: Friends, Partners, Allies     Presenter: Stéphane Lessard

    10/28/2019  Do We Need the Humanities – Can We Learn From Our Past?  Presenter: Patty Limerick

    11/4/2019  The U.S. Capitol and Colorado State Capitol; Iconic Buildings that Symbolize our Nation and State    Presenter: Ellen Stanton


    New OLLI Classes Begin Week of October 14  

    The 8-week fall term ends on November 7 (Thursday), for most classes. Some new 4-week classes begin the week of Oct. 14 and you can still enroll for them! Please pay attention to the dates listed in the catalog. 

    To view the catalog go to the Fall Registration-Catalog-Syllabi  tab, at the top of this page, to view all the details about the upcoming term and how you can register. View videos with instructions!

    Don't miss out on these classes!

    OLLI Boulder:

    Is To Kill a Mockingbird young adult literature, good literature, or both?  How about The Catcher in the Rye? The Book Thief? Whether you enjoy reading and discussing historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, coming-of-age, dystopian, or realistic novels, the YA category offers something for everyone. Join this 4-week exploration of the rich variety of YA literature.  

    Two award-winning books are required reading:  The Giver by Lois Lowry and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. A third, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, is recommended.  Please see the syllabus on the OLLI Boulder website for additional information about the class.

    Class: Reading YA Literature: What Is It? Why Is It So Popular?

    Facilitator: Pat Walters

    Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5

    Location: OLLI Boulder, Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder, CO 80301

    To register for the above OLLI Boulder class, go to the Fall Registration--Catalog--Syllabi tab at the top of this OLLI Boulder website and follow the registration instructions.


    OLLI West:

    Thursday mornings 9:30 - noon at JUC. 8 classes, Sept. 19-Nov. 7

    Facilitator: Arlene Pickett


    The movie, Jaws, was released in 1975 and became a huge box office success. The film is now regarded as the first "summer blockbuster." But the production had a lot of difficulty. Steven Spielberg was still building his reputation, and few knew who John Williams was. Let's study this phenomenon. We'll watch Spielberg's first feature film, learn about the troubles the film crew had, think about sharks and the role of a predator in nature, and review some historical events that are mentioned in the screenplay.

    OLLI West:

    Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m. at SoH, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, Nov. 7. No class Oct. 31

    Facilitator: Robert Priester


    The course will focus on Texas Hold'em and poker fundamentals for the first four classes including hand rank, terminology, cash or tournament play, sources for poker practice, how and when to bluff, how and when to bet, and how big of a bet to make in various situations. The last four classes will introduce the other poker games and how to play them.

    To register for these two OLLI West classes, go to: portfolio.du.edu/olliwest




  • Announcements

  • Interested in Facilitating?

    Click on the link below to access our quick guide to the basics. Access the Facilitator Tab across the top to submit form to facilitate a course.

  • OLLI Boulder Facilitator Guide


    OLLI members may participate in as many classes as available at any of the six OLLI sites - East, Central, West, South, OLLI on Campus and Boulder (contingent upon space availability) for $130 per term.  OLLI has three terms per academic year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.

  • OLLI Boulder - Contact Information

  • Boulder OLLI Location
    Mountain View United Methodist Church    
    355 Ponca Place
    Boulder, CO 80303
    Barbara Darling
    OLLI Boulder Site Manager
    Barbe Ratcliffe
    Executive Director of OLLI at DU
    OLLI's Main Office
    University College at DU
    2211 South Josephine Street
    Denver, CO 8003
  • We Love Volunteers!

  • OLLI members and volunteer facilitators are the heartbeat of the institute and are the reason it will thrive while keeping the fees low.

    Volunteering is a direct way for members to have input into the decisions and direction of OLLI.

    Volunteering is a rewarding and stimulating experience, and another way to meet new people.

    If you are interested in helping out on a committee or just one time at an event, contact barbaraolliboulder@gmail.com for more information.  We need you!


  • About the Osher Foundation

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements - just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

    Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.

    Read more: www.osherfoundation.org.

    OLLI needs believers like Bernard Osher. The development and delivery of quality educational programs for 50+ adults is important for sustaining quality of life and healthy minds. If you would like to help fund scholarships, programming or our research, please contact us at our office, 303-871-3090.

  • Weather Closure

  • Classes at OLLI Boulder:  All OLLI Boulder classes will be cancelled if the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) schools are closed due to inclement weather. Other reasons for BVSD closings and their impact on OLLI classes will be determined individually and a notice will be posted on this OLLI Boulder website.

    Late Start: If the school district announces a late start, OLLI classes will be held as usual on their regular schedule.

    Click on link below to access the Boulder Valley School District

    Boulder Valley School District

  • Boulder Jewish News publishes article about OLLI Boulder!



  • Links to OLLI at DU's Campuses

  • Link to OLLI West Portfolio Page


    Susan Schmetzer, susanolliwest@gmail.com

  • Link to OLLI Central Portfolio Page


    John Baumgartner, resourcesc@comcast.net

  • Link to OLLI South Portfolio Page


    Connie Dawson, ollisouth@gmail.com,

  • Link to OLLI on Campus Portfolio Page


    Joanne Ihrig, joanne.ihrig@du.edu


  • Link to OLLI East Portfolio Page
    Paul Simon,  ollidueast@gmail.com 303-300-9940 
  • Special Acknowledgment

  • Boulder Jewish News

This portfolio last updated: 09-Oct-2019 12:55 PM