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Sign-Up to Attend OLLI Courses this Summer

The 2024 summer session will take place June 3rd – June 28th. 

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Membership has its privileges! Learn more about the free OLLI member courses and activities planned for Summer 2024. When registering for OLLI, you’ll be able to RSVP to the members-only courses and events that you are interested in attending.  


The Infamous 1795 Shakespeare Forgery: Vortigern & Rowena 
Instructor: John Wickman
Friday | June 7, 14, 21, 28 
1pm | Zoom
$0 
Have you ever heard of Shakespeare’s play Vortigern and Rowena? A copy, handwritten by Shakespeare, was “discovered” in a trunk in 1795 and after much publicity and anticipation was produced by Richard Brinsley Sheridan at London's Drury Lane Theater in 1796. It was a notorious performance, and Vortigern and Rowena was a notorious forgery. But the story of its “discovery” and production is very human and pretty funny. Join us this session and see.
 

Art in Search of Beauty 
Instructor: Joseph Romano
Monday | June 3, 10, 17, 24
10am – 11am | Exton
$28
We will explore the relationship between art and beauty.  What prompts us to respond to what we call "aesthetic experiences?  Is it "beauty?" Is Beauty a deeply felt value that enriches life in a very unique way? Can beauty be determined by any objective standard?  We will explore several approaches to the meaning of art and beauty. Each approach will be followed by experiencing classic examples of the arts in search of beauty.

Newtown’s Football
Instructor: Roberta McManus
Monday | June 3, 10, 17, 24
11:30am – 12:30pm | Exton
$28
Join in the fun as we explore the history, science, personalities, and stories of America's favorite game. The evolution of the game and Newton's three laws of motion will be discussed

Copyright and How It Shapes Our Culture
Instructor: Michael Rodriguez
Monday | June 3, 10, 17, 24
1pm – 2pm | Exton
$28
We'll take the dry legal topic of copyright and make it interesting and relevant! Copyright law gives authors and artists exclusive legal right over their works. Using engaging stories and discussions, we'll explore the myths, meanings, and real-world debates around copyright. We'll dive into topics such as the free-culture movement, artificial intelligence (AI), the public domain, major court cases and alleged copyright violations, and much more. We will explore copyright in the context of books, movies, music, and show you where to find free and legal content. We'll also take a look at related intellectual property laws such as patents and trademarks. Discover all the ways in which copyright has a daily impact on your life!

The Life and Music of Dimitri Shostakovich 
Instructor: Lee Bettenhausen
Tuesday | June 4, 11 
10am – 11am | Media
$14
His music was brilliant and new.  His life was complex. Many examples will be discussed.

Learn Mah Jongg
Instructor: Roberta Matz
Thursday | June 13, 20, 27
11:30am – 12:45pm | Exton
$28
Mah Jongg is a Chinese tile game played throughout the world. We will learn to play American style (with the card)
**Please note this will be a three-week course**

1862--THE CIVIL WAR CONTINUES
Instructor: David Hudiak
Monday | June 3, 10, 17
10am – 11:15am | Exton
$28
This course will cover in chronological order the major events of the Civil War Year 1862, when the North and South remained frustrated in their efforts to bring the war to a quick conclusion and began to realize that its suffering and bloodshed were destined to continue onward.  Major personalities of this period of the war will be studied as well.  Future courses will cover the Civil War Years 1863, 1864 and 1865 as well as Reconstruction.  It is not necessary to have taken the previously offered courses on the Causes of the Civil War and the Civil War Year 1861 to benefit from this course.
**Please note this will be a three-week course**

Aircraft Successes and Failures
Instructor: Robert Cockfield
Thursday | June 6, 13, 20, 27
11:30am – 12:30pm | Exton
$28 
This class will trace aviation history through examples of some its greatest successes and some of its notable failures.  Included in the successes are such famous aircraft as the Douglas DC-3, Supermarine Spitfire, and North American Mustang. The failures include such examples as the De Havilland Comet, Convair Coronado, and Avro Saucer.

The Arab/Israeli Dilemma Part II
Instructor: Jeff Heim
Thursday | June 6, 13, 20, 27
1pm – 2pm | Exton
$28 
Where Part I brought the contention over Palestine into the open, Part II examines the post WWI political processes that have led to the current Arab/Israeli volatility. The impacts of colonialism, national aspirations, cultural memory, genocide, political maneuvering, security, justice and stereotyping all come into play. The study emphasizes the increasing insolvability of a crisis that continues to increase the number of issues in dispute. Layering decreases the likelihood of a solution because it obscures the source[s] of the dilemma.

Silver Age Yoga
Instructor: Roberta Matz
Thursday | June 13, 20, 27
10am – 11am | Exton
$21
Yoga is a healthy discipline perfect for improving flexibility, balance and posture. This class will use seated chair and chair supported postures to improve your mental and physical well-being.  Men and women can benefit from improving their mind-body connection through this exercise form

Reiki Level 1
Instructor: Brooke George
Thursday | June 6, 13, 20, 27
10am – 11am | Exton
$28
Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique where the practitioner places their hands on you lightly or just above you, channeling energy to stimulate your bodies own natural healing abilities.
 

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