Saturday Seminars are college-level courses in topics such as literature, poetry, philosophy, history, art, architecture, archaeology, religion, and current events. They are for people eager to engage in college-level study for the sake of personal fulfillment. Seminars are noncredit and ungraded. However, there is a good deal of challenging homework, which typically includes reading of both primary and secondary materials. While seminars are led by faculty who provide formal study guides and lead college-level discussions, participants are expected to be prepared to actively contribute to each session.
The typical format consists of four 2.5 hour class sessions, held 9:30 a.m.–noon on consecutive Saturday mornings. However, there is the potential for a Wednesday evening format in the 2023-2024 academic year. Classes are most often delivered as in-person only, in Eugene, although the option for hybrid delivery is available.
The “Saturday Seminars hosted by OLLI-UO” draws inspiration from the 20-year legacy of the UO Insight Seminars program, led by UO Emeritus Professor, Dr. James Earl. In its new iteration, the essence of the learning format continues while benefitting from shared interests and resources with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI-UO).
While the OLLI-UO program operates under an “all-inclusive fee” model, the Saturday Seminars are outside that fee structure. All participants register and pay per Seminar, and Seminar instructors receive a modest honorarium. General community members may register for a Saturday Seminar without obligation to become an OLLI-UO member. OLLI-UO members may register for one or more seminar at a fee rate that is in addition to the membership but reduced from that of the price for general community members.