Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Continuing and Professional Education

OLLI-UO suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

In-person OLLI-UO programming is on hiatus in both Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield. Online learning opportunities are available. Email osher@uoregon.edu for more information. Read more...

Shared Interest Groups

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are a great way for OLLI-UO members to continue lifelong learning beyond the classroom! These groups provide new opportunities to form friendships with other members around shared interests. They are independent and self-directed, with members deciding where and when to meet and how the group will function.SIGs are open to current OLLI-UO members only, i.e. those who hold a membership for the current year.

Have an idea for a SIG? See examples of past SIGs, review SIG guidelines, and propose a SIG here. Paper SIG forms are available from program manager Heather Inghram or SIG coordinator Pat Ackley.

Feel free to contact a facilitator to join in or for more information. Members may obtain the contact information for SIG Coordinator Pat Ackley by emailing our front office at osher@uoregon.edu or by downloading an OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member directory from your My OLLI-UO portal.

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Study/Social Group

The Great Decisions program is a national, grassroots foreign policy discussion program, started by President Eisenhower, who wanted a format for the general public to discuss foreign policy issues. Hundreds of these groups across the country are participating in this activity each year. Participants are not required to have a background in foreign policy, but curiosity and a willingness to read and engage with others.

Topics for 2020 include:

  • Climate Change and Global Order
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China's Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data

Participants will purchase and read eight Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions articles for 2020. The SIG will be held Thursdays, starting April 16. For eight weeks, participants will gather at Judy Hurlburt's over a light potluck meal to discuss the articles. Group is limited to 16, including Judy. Judy has already taken all of the registrations for this SIG.

Facilitator/host Judy Hurlburt will order briefing booklets and the streaming rights to the Great Decisions videos. The cost is $40 if ordering a hard copy. (If you order your booklet on Amazon for Kindle, your cost will be $26). Judy will stream the Great Decisions videos on each topic, and investigate the possibility of “experts” in the Bend area and invite them to dinner to share their knowledge.

SIG facilitator Judy Hurlburt is working with OLLI-UO staff to offer this discussion group in an online format. Participants should watch their email or contact Judy for more information.

Contact Judy Hurlburt or Pat Ackley for more information. Members may obtain their contact information by emailing our front office at osher@uoregon.edu or by downloading an OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member directory from your My OLLI-UO portal.

Facilitator: Judy Hurlburt