Calendar

Please note that we are no longer able to require that participants wear masks for events at the Reuter Center. We respectfully request that masks are worn to protect the health and safety of our seasoned members. We encourage you to call us at 828.251.6140 or email us at olli@unca.edu if you have any questions. We request your patience as we manage this new phase of the pandemic.

Winter/Spring 2023

Winter 2023 Course Catalog and Calendar

The winter 2023 catalog of courses, programs and events is available by clicking on the button below. Please be aware that courses, programs and events are subject to change or cancellation, which may not be reflected in the catalog; the online registration system will always include the most accurate locations and other information about our courses, and this page will always include the most accurate information about programs and events.

View Winter 2023 Catalog

Spring 2023 Sneak Peek

The spring 2023 catalog will be emailed to members and posted here February 6.

View Spring 2023 Sneak Peek

 

Program Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Reuter Center and are free and open to everyone.

January

Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m. | Sierra Club of Western North Carolina
Partner Program: “Crypto Mining” (online)
Cyndie Roberson of Cherokee County will coordinate a panel discussion about the energy, environmental and community impacts of crypto-mining operations. Multiple installations in North Carolina are creating concerns about excessive noise, energy use and electronics-waste material. The panel will feature attorney Rob Altenburg, senior director for energy and climate at Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, along with activists Yvonne Taylor and Abi Buddington of the Seneca Lake (NY) Guardian.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
New Member Welcome/Returning Member Refresher (in-person + online)
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Do you just want to catch up on organizational development, learn more about volunteering, figure out how things work and meet new people? Come learn about all that OLLI has to offer at this event held before our fall, winter and spring terms.
RSVP, or attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 6, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “The Current U.S. Supreme Court and Its Potential Impact on Cases Being Adjudicated” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, Forum SIG coordinator, for a Zoom link to the meeting. Browse a list of topics for upcoming meetings.

Friday, January 6, 3 p.m.
Last day to drop all CFS winter 2023 courses and request a full refund

Sunday, January 8, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program: “Members’ Top 10 Images of 2022 and Presentations for Holiday Party’s Friendly Photo Contest” (in-person + online)
Join online via Zoom. For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Monday, January 9
First day of CFS winter 2023 classes

Monday, January 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Meditation with the Sacred and Mundane” (online)
Peggy Moore
Read more, including the Zoom link to join online.

Tuesday, January 10, 4:30-6p.m.
STEM Lecture Series: “Are These My Kids? Making Sense of Strange Patterns of Parental Care Across the Animal Kingdom” (online)
Rebecca Hale, UNC Asheville Department of Biology
Read more, and join online via Zoom.

Friday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: “The Cosmos of the Incas” (in-person + online)
Jim Lawrence recently retired from 16 years on the communications faculty at Gardner-Webb University, where he taught video production and non-linear editing. Prior to entering higher education full-time, he worked in the Hollywood film and television industries, and is still a member of both the Writers and Directors Guilds of America. Jim teaches courses at OLLI’s College for Seniors. After visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, he became fascinated with Incan culture and religious beliefs. In this multimedia presentation Jim will examine the Incan view of the cosmos and its pervasive impact on their daily lives. He will also explore Catholicism as it is practiced in Peru today and the impact on the Catholic church on indigenous customs and traditions.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 13, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Current Events and Selection of Topics Through February 2023” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, Forum SIG coordinator, for a Zoom link to the meeting. Browse a list of topics for upcoming meetings.

Friday, January 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Financial Strategies in Retirement (online)
Dave Templeton (OLLI/SIG member and retired broker/investment advisor/MBA) will lead a discussion with the group and is happy to look at both the past year and the year ahead for every asset class we would like to discuss, e.g. stocks, bonds and/or tangibles like commodities or real estate.
Join the meeting online via Zoom using meeting ID 838 2474 2341 and passcode 127103. Email the SIG to be added to its email list.

Monday, January 16
University Holiday (OLLI office closed; no classes, programs or events)

Friday, January 20, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: “The Importance of Broadband to Healthcare Access” (in-person + online)
WiFi access and high-speed connectivity to the internet (broadband) are now considered vital, but many people, particularly older adults, do not have this kind of access. The WNC Broadband Project is part of the N.C. Division of Broadband and Digital Equity to close the digital divide for the 1.1 million North Carolina households who lack access to high-speed internet, cannot afford it or do not have the skills needed to take advantage of the digital economy. Learn more about the effort to provide this vital need from Dr. Bill Sederburg, chair of the WNC Broadband Project, Marc Czarnecki, business service representative for the Land of Sky Regional Council and Karen Sanders, RN patient advocate.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 20, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Science Deniers” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, Forum SIG coordinator, for a Zoom link to the meeting. Browse a list of topics for upcoming meetings.

Friday, January 20, 5 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
Register to attend online via Zoom. For more information visit the Third Messenger website or visit the Death Cafe of Asheville and Hendersonville Facebook page.

Monday, January 23, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Meditation with the Sacred and Mundane” (online)
Peggy Moore
Read more, including the Zoom link to join online.

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. The 2022-2023 WAC speaker series is free and open to everyone.

Wednesday, January 25, 4:30-6 p.m.
STEM Lecture Series: “Science in a Web of Environmental Values” (online)
Grace Campbell, department of philosophy, UNC Asheville
Read more, and attend online via Zoom.

Thursday, January 26, 5 p.m.
OLLI Authors (in-person + online)
Judy Upjohn and Nelson Sartoris
Read more, or attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 27, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: “Discover Life in America: Dig Deeper into Our National Park” (in-person + online)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park comprises more than 522,000 acres, half of which are in North Carolina where the park’s eastern boundary is just a 45-minute drive from Asheville. “Our” park is the most biologically diverse in the entire U.S. national park system. It is also the most well-studied, thanks to the ongoing All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI). From Discover Life in America—the organization tasked with managing the ATBI—Will Kuhn will talk about this groundbreaking project, how it helps the park and some of its most exciting discoveries. We will also learn how we can use the iNaturalist nature app to help identify and document life by recording species we encounter in the park and in our own backyards. We will venture outside (dress for the weather) to practice using the iNaturalist app, so please download it to your mobile phone ahead of time if possible.
Will Kuhn, PhD is director of science and research at Discover Life in America. He is an entomologist and aspiring naturalist who loves learning about the flora and fauna of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, January 27, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Present and Future Implications of the Final Report of the Select Committee on January 6” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, Forum SIG coordinator, for a Zoom link to the meeting. Browse a list of topics for upcoming meetings.

Tuesday, January 31, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program: “Elections in Latin America: Déjà Vu All Over Again?” (in-person + online)
It seems as though a number of Latin American countries have been surfing a new “pink tide,” as electorates have opted for  left-leaning presidential candidates. In this sense, it is back to the future, as Latin America had surfed a similar wave of pinkish  hue in the early 2000s. It also seems like déjà vu as recent elections in important countries in the region have yielded increasing political instability, violence and election denial. Professor Fraser will argue that both trends pose a danger to Latin American democracy and regional stability.
Cleveland Fraser is a professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University, where he has taught for the past 40 years. He is a former chair and a former coordinator of the Latin America and Latinx interdisciplinary minor. His primary focus has been on Latin American foreign policy as well as on Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina. He has traveled widely in the region, and his most recent scholarly work appears in the fifth edition of Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Dr. Fraser received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, a graduate degree from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from Northwestern University.
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. The 2022-2023 WAC speaker series is free and open to everyone.
Join online via Zoom. Read more about WAC’s winter 2023 programs.

February

Wednesday, February 1
CFS summer 2023 course proposals deadline
Visit our Forms page to access the CFS Summer 2023 Course Proposal form and a sample form.

Wednesday, February 1, 7 p.m.
OLLI Inclusion Committee Program: “Just Reparations: Repairing the Damage of Urban Renewal and Systemic Racism” (online)
The impact of urban renewal in Asheville dramatically demonstrates how predominantly Black communities were displaced in the name of progress. It is one glaring example of the injustice against people of color that has spanned hundreds of years. In response, Asheville has become one of the first cities in the nation to approve reparations for Black residents. Join our panelists for a discussion of this timely topic: Dr. Dwight Mullen, professor emeritus, UNC Asheville and chair, City of Asheville’s Community Reparations Commission; Matthew Bacoate, founder, Asheville Community Enterprises; and Dr. Kathleen Lawlor, assistant professor of economics, UNC Asheville.
Register to attend online via Zoom. Read more.

Thursday, February 2, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program: “Comets: Tracers of Our Past” (in-person + online)
Adam McKay, PhD, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, Appalachian State University
Join online via Zoom. For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m. | Sierra Club
Partner Program: “Understanding the NC Utilities Commission’s Carbon Plan” (online)
Mikaela Curry, Beyond Coal Campaign representative, Sierra Club
Register to attend online via Zoom, and read more about the presentation.

Friday, February 3, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: “Skin Cancer and You: Understanding, Recognizing, Preventing and Treating It” (in-person + online)
This is an opportunity to learn about the most common cancer worldwide. Dr. Evan Michael, who is dual boarded in dermatology and dermatopathology, will:
–offer a review of skin cancer pathophysiology,
–help you know what to look for in skin self-examinations, and
–outline practical and effective methods about protecting yourself from skin cancers.
You can ask questions about your protection measures and options available to you for diagnosing and treating skin cancers.
Evan Michael, MD offers an authoritative perspective about your skin care as well as the care and treatment of skin cancers based on his many years of research and clinical practice. His medical and doctoral degrees are from University of Michigan; his residency was at the University of Alabama, and his internship and dermatopathology fellowship training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Michael practices at Dermatology of North Asheville.
Register to attend online via Zoom.

Friday, February 3, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “COVID-19 Hasn’t Gone Away. How Do We Deal with That?” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, Forum SIG coordinator, for a Zoom link to the meeting. Browse a list of topics for upcoming meetings.

Friday, February 3, 2-4 p.m.
Spring 2023 Theme-Term Preview (in-person + online)
Join us for a preview of the theme term, including an introductory talk on the theme “Understanding Science and Technology in a Changing World,” preview of theme courses and related programs, and meet-and-greet with theme-term instructors.
Space is limited! Complete this form to sign up to attend in-person or online.

Tuesday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. The 2022-2023 WAC speaker series is free and open to everyone.

Friday, February 10, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: “Living and Working Among African Indigenous People”
John Wood, professor of anthropology at UNC Asheville, had been working as a journalist when, in the 1980s, he and his wife Carol volunteered as teachers in a Luhya village near Mt. Elgon on the Kenya-Uganda border. Ultimately, he became a cultural anthropologist and did his fieldwork with the Gabra, camel-herding nomads in the arid borderlands of northeastern Africa. John has continued to do fieldwork in various African nations and more recently has begun to study culture in Asheville, exploring how senses of place shape and organize the way people understand themselves and others.

Friday, February 10, 2 p.m.
OLLI Inclusion Committee Program: “Just Films: Between the World and Me
In association with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ visit to UNC Asheville February 28, the OLLI Inclusion Committee will be showing the HBO Original film Between the World and Me, based on the acclaimed best-selling book. This powerful 90-minute film includes readings and insights from numerous personalities along with archival footage. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Renuka Gusain, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, international studies and humanities, UNC Asheville.
Space is limited; registration is required. Register to attend the screening and discussion.

Sunday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Monday, February 13, 10 a.m.-Monday, February 20, noon
CFS spring 2023 lottery registration
Request courses for the spring 2023 through our online registration system.

Tuesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. The 2022-2023 WAC speaker series is free and open to everyone.

Friday, February 17, 11:30 a.m.
Fab Friday: Health Education Series TBD

Friday, February 17, noon
Deadline for CFS spring 2023 partial-scholarship applications
Visit our Forms page to complete and submit a scholarship form.

Friday, February 17, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: “Symphony Talk: Masterworks 4: Aurora”
Three legendary Scandinavian and Slavic composers channel the powerful spirit and splendor of the frozen north in this program inspired by the northern lights. Envision towering cliffs with Edvard Grieg’s only piano concerto, icy fjords with Jean Sibelius’ epic Finlandia and snowy fields with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and dramatic Fourth Symphony. With Jacob Bernhardt, piano.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Friday, February 17, 5 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program (online)
For more information visit the Third Messenger website or visit the Death Cafe of Asheville and Hendersonville Facebook page.

Monday, February 20
Last day of CFS winter 2023 classes

Monday, February 20, 7 p.m. | Common Word Community Read
University Program: “How to Get Away with (Writing About) Murder” (in-person + streaming)
Laura Meadows, PhD, assistant professor of mass communications, UNC Asheville
Register to attend in-person or via livestream. Read more about the spring 2023 selection The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder and an Unlikely Fight for Justice and about other related events.

Tuesdays, February 21-March 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Gift of Time
This five-session course is designed to encourage participants to think about how to plan and communicate your end-of-life wishes to the important people in your life. The workshop takes place as an extended conversation with trained facilitators as well as invited speakers who will address legal, medical and spiritual issues and offer the tools to prepare an end-of-life plan.
Registration is open to OLLI members only. Log into our online registration system to sign up (Civic Engagement and Life Transitions > Life Transitions > The Gift of Time), or email us with any questions.

Tuesday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program (in-person + online)
The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents lectures and discussions to advance international awareness and foster Western North Carolina’s global ties. These lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, OLLI at UNC Asheville and the UNC Asheville Department of Political Science. The 2022-2023 WAC speaker series is free and open to everyone.

Friday, February 24
Deadline to complete all payments for CFS spring 2023 lottery registration

Friday, February 24, 2 p.m. | Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Partner Program: “Introduction to Medicare: Understanding the Puzzle”
Presented by the Council on Aging in Buncombe County in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Insurance Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, this workshop will help us learn how Medicare works, about the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways to save money. Anyone who is ready to join Medicare or is a caregiver or family member helping older adults with their Medicare insurance may want to attend this informative session.
To register, visit the Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s website or call 828.277.8288.

Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
University Program: “A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates”
Ta-Nehisi Coates is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship that same year.
As a journalist with a career spanning over two decades, he’s written for numerous publications including The Washington City Paper, The Village Voice, The New Yorker and The New York Times. During his time reporting for The Atlantic (2008-2018), he penned numerous articles and essays, including the National Magazine Award-winning 2012 essay “Fear of a Black President” and the influential June 2014 essay “The Case For Reparations.”
Coates also enjoyed a successful run writing Marvel’s Black Panther (2016-2021) and Captain America (2018-2021) comics series.
He is currently writing screenplays for the upcoming films Wrong Answer, Superman and the film adaptation of his first fiction novel, The Water Dancer. In fall 2022, he will join Howard University’s faculty as a writer-in-residence and the Sterling Brown Chair in the Department of English.
The event, which will include a reading and question-and-answer session, is free and open to all but requires advanced registration through Eventbrite. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Register here.

March

Friday, March 3, late afternoon
Schedules sent to members who participated in spring 2023 lottery registration

Monday, March 6, 10 a.m.
Open registration for CFS spring 2023 courses begins
Register for CFS spring 2023 courses through our online registration system.

Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. | Common Word Community Read
University Program: “Mental Health Behind Bars: The Role of Mental Health in the U.S. Legal System” (in-person + streaming)
Laura Jones, PhD, associate professor of health and wellness and athletics mental health coordinator, UNC Asheville
Read more about the spring 2023 selection The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder and an Unlikely Fight for Justice and about other related events.

Thursday, March 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
College for Seniors Information Session: “You Too Can Teach!” (in-person + online)
Are you interested in (or curious about) teaching a course at the College for Seniors? You may have never thought that you could be an OLLI instructor, but you too can teach! Our instructors run the gamut from retired teachers and professionals to those with deep knowledge of a certain topic. The common thread with all our instructors is passion for their subject matter and a desire to share it with peers. The process of becoming an instructor is not daunting. In this information session, current CFS instructors will introduce what teaching at OLLI is all about and demystify the process from having an idea for a course through creating a good proposal. All your questions about teaching will be answered!
Registration is required; complete this form to attend in-person or online.

Friday, March 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
New Member Welcome/Returning Member Refresher (in-person + online)
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville and the Reuter Center? Are you returning after being gone awhile? Do you just want to catch up on organizational development, learn more about volunteering, figure out how things work and meet new people? Come learn about all that OLLI has to offer at this event held before our fall, winter and spring terms.

Friday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Last day to drop all CFS courses and request a full refund
Visit our Forms page to complete and submit a spring 2023 CFS drop form.

Monday, March 24
First day of CFS spring 2023 classes

April

Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. | Common Word Community Read
University Program: “Being, Researching, Writing About and Advocating for Dr. Gilmer” (in-person + streaming)
Benjamin Gilmer, MD and Wiley Cash
Read more about the spring 2023 selection The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder and an Unlikely Fight for Justice and about other related events.

May

Monday, May 1
Deadline to submit CFS fall 2023 course proposals
Visit our Forms page to complete and submit a CFS fall 2023 course proposal.

Friday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.
Spring 2023 Theme-Term Community Conversation (in-person + online)
Members and theme-term instructors will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences of participating in theme-term courses, program and events and to discuss what that learned, are taking away, are still curious about and more.
Space is limited! Watch the OLLI Observer weekly enewsletter for sign-up details.

Friday, May 19
Last day of CFS spring 2023 classes

August

Tuesday, August 1
Deadline to submit CFS winter 2024 course proposals
Visit our Forms page to complete and submit a CFS winter 2024 course proposal.