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  • OLLI at DU Central - Contact Information

  • John Baumgartner, OLLI at DU Central Site Manager

    Carol Lynn Tiegs, OLLI at DU Central Site Program Assistant


  • OLLI at DU Central Class Locations

    First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 East Hampden, Denver, CO 80222


    Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Boulevard, Denver, CO 80207

  • Exciting New OLLI at DU Central In-person Classes this Spring

    At First Universalist Church

    • Healthcare in the 21st Century with Bill Shaw
    • Environmental Hazards of Colorado's Front Range with John Lanning
    • Documentary Films with Dick Reinish
    • Imperialism and War 1890 to1939 with Shellie Hochstadt
    • The Colorado Criminal Justice System with Rick Levinson and Gary Lazow
    • Making Relationships Work with Karen Kavoren
    • Utopian Societies in the U.S. with Myra Rich
    • Writing from the Hidden Brain with Martha Ledderer
    • Considering Hochchild's "American Midnight" with Hilary Carlson and Kathy Stokes
    • Plus Great Decisions, Ted Talks and Current Events classes

    At Park Hill United Methodist Church

    • Challenging the Big Bang with Wilson Wiedenhaft
    • World War I - Mideast Theatre with Bix Bicknell
    • Liberalism and Its Discontents with Tom Bieging
    • Austerlitz, a novel by Sebald with William West
    • Stories of Turning Points with Heidi Boerstler
    • Asian Philosophy and Martial Arts with Jacqui Shumway and Joe Brady
    • And more....




  • Meet Our Outstanding Facilitators

    Master facilitator Bill West holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During his career, Bill has been a professor of English at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at University of Colorado at Denver. His academic specialty is 19th Century Victorian literature and the English novel. His popular classes cover literary masters from America, England, Europe and Russia.

    Diamond facilitator Gordon Appell has facilitated over 25 courses at OLLI at DU over the past 10 years, primarily in the area of Public Affairs.  He is a retired Denver city planner with a lifelong interest in foreign affairs. He has travelled extensively and studied abroad

    Senior facilitator Mike Prevedel has offered close to 15 courses in Religion and Philosophy.   He had a 30-year career as a high school teacher in the area of social studies and has been a part-tme instructor at Metropolitan State University Denver. He has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in International Relations.


  • Mark Your Calendars for Spring 2023 Registration and Special OLLI at DU Events

    We are offering over 130 courses and webinars (approximately 50 in person at Central, South and West; and 80 online

    Our OLLI at DU Spring Term catalog will be posted on Monday, February 13 on our Portfolio site and will be emailed to you - make sure your email address is up-to-date.

    Registration begins on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

    Registration is on a First-Come, First-Served basis and we will use a waiting list option.

    If you have experienced difficulties with registration, please watch for an email about an upcoming "How to Register" workshop in early February.

    Don't Miss The Following OLLI at DU Member Events

    Details on our main Portfolio page under Member Events

    A Look at the Denver Mayoral Campaign with Eric Sondermann, independent and high-profile political analyst. Wednesday, January 25 from 11:45-12:45 at First Universalist Church, 4101 E. Hampden Avenue, Denver (OLLI at DU Central location). No RSVP needed for this in-person event.


    A Day at the Opera – Monday, 2/13 at 9:30. OLLI at DU Central facilitator Neil Adelman will present a webinar on the opera “Die Tote Stadt” to be produced by Opera Colorado 2/25-3/3.  Join fellow OLLI at DU members on Zoom for this morning presentation.


    An Afternoon at the Theatre – Sunday, 2/26 at the Mizel Theatre for the Eugene O’Neil production: A Moon for the Misbegotten; 2:00 performance with an OLLI at DU social in the Green Room ahead of time


  • Facilitator Information - Please Join our Team

  • OLLI at DU Central is always looking for new facilitators!

    Facilitators are the very heart of our OLLI at DU program. OLLI is successful because every term we have an intriguing curriculum and a "faculty" of dedicated people volunteering their time to make it happen.

    If you are interested in finding out more about facilitating at OLLI at DU Central, contact one of our Curriculum Committee Members listed below.


  • OLLI at DU Central Curriculum Committee

    Committee Chairperson: Tom Bieging,

    Subcommittee Chairpersons:

    History: David Lippman,

    Literature, Writing and Language – John Baumgartner, interim,

    Philosophy, Religion and Psychology – Michael Prevedel,

    Public Affairs and Economics: Barbara Holme,

    STEM: Lynn Peyton,

    Visual and Performing Arts – Susan Lauscher,

  • Weather Closure Announcements

  • OLLI at DU Central courses at First Universalist Church and Park Hill United Methodist Church will be cancelled if the Denver Public Schools (DPS) are closed.  Classes at First Plymouth Church will be cancelled if the Cherry Creek Schools are closed.  Classes at Ruffatto Hall on the DU Campus will be closed if DPS and/or DU are closed.

    Late Start: If the school district announces a late start, classes will be held as usual.

    Inservice Days: If the school district is closed for inservice during a snow day, there would be no announcement on the news.  In that event, check this website.

This portfolio last updated: 16-Nov-2023 7:37 AM