Calendar

Please note that registering for or attending any OLLI class or activity that takes place face-to-face, either at the Reuter Center or off campus, is your attestation that you are vaccinated for COVID-19. Masks or face coverings are required to enter the Reuter Center. 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 try to be as clear and complete in our communication as possible.

Winter 2022

Course Catalog and Calendar

The winter 2022 course catalog and program calendar are available by clicking the link below. Please be aware that there have been numerous updates to the schedule that are not reflected in the catalog; the online registration system will always include the most accurate locations and other information about our courses.

View Winter 2022 Catalog

Program Calendar

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

January

Tuesday, January 4-Friday, January 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
SkillTalks: Smart podium/classroom AV checks for in-person instructors
For more information and to register, visit the CFS instructor support, training and resources page.

Thursday, January 6, 2-4 p.m.
SkillTalks: Online course instruction, part 1 (online)
For more information and to register, visit the CFS instructor support, training and resources page.

Friday, January 7, 10 a.m.
New Member Welcome (online)
Are you new to OLLI at UNC Asheville? Have you been a member who wants to find out the latest or wants to find out more about how to make the most of your experience? Attend our new member welcome to meet other OLLI members, to learn more about all that OLLI has to offer and to explore ways to get involved in our learning community. We are happy to answer questions about any aspect of our operations. We are going to hold the winter 2022 new member welcome on Zoom, so even if the weather is bad, you can join us.
Register for the winter 2022 new member welcome.

Friday, January 7, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Select Topics for January 2022 and Current Events” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Sunday, January 9, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Monday, January 10
First day of winter 2022 CFS term

Monday, January 10, 4:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Let GO Yoga Trauma Release” (online)
Linda Go, E-RYT, YACEP
Read more about these sessions and access the Zoom link, or email Sally Ekaireb, coordinator, for more information or to add yourself to the Meditation SIG email list.

Tuesday, January 11, 5 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Aging in Place (online)
Join via Zoom, or email group leader Meridith Miller.

Thursday, January 13, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “African American Musical Traditions in WNC” (online)
Dr. William Turner and Dr. Ted Olson
Find out more about the talk, including how to register.

Friday, January 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Live, Learn, Earn and Thrive: An Update from Dogwood Health Trust” (online)
Dogwood Health Trust’s purpose is to dramatically improve the health and wellness of all people and communities of Western North Carolina. This requires deep collaboration, so Dogwood works alongside many community partners to find the places where it can make the biggest impact. Join us to learn about how Dogwood is focusing its work on equitable community investments in housing, education, economic opportunity, and health and wellness, as well as the goals and objectives that will drive its efforts for the next several years to help create a region where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive – no exceptions.
Dr. Susan Mims is interim CEO of Dogwood Health Trust. Prior to joining Dogwood, she chaired the Department of Community and Public Health at Mountain Area Health Education Center. She served in various executive leadership roles at Mission Health System, and as medical director at Buncombe County Health Department. She earned her MD and MPH degrees from UNC Chapel Hill.
Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Friday, January 14, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “American Democracy in Crisis” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, January 14, 3 p.m.
CFS deadline: request for full drop and full refund for winter 2022 term
Visit our Forms page to fill out the CFS Winter 2022 Drop Request form.

Thursday, January 20, 4:30 p.m.
STEM Lecture Series: “Pandemics Throughout History” (in-person + online)
The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Given our experiences over the past 18 months living through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very timely to cover pandemics from different perspectives, ranging from the history of pandemics to the science of viruses to modeling pandemics; and further to the mental health effects and ethical issues in combating pandemics.
Herman Gucinski’s doctorate is in biophysics. In addition to classes taught at OLLI (Good Science, Bad Science, and Fun Science) and STEM lectures, he has also taught courses in global ecology, physics, oceanography and environmental technology. His research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals.
Register to attend via Zoom, and read more about the series.

Thursday, January 20, 6 p.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “Vaccines and Public Health in WNC: Past and Present” (online)
Find out more about the talk, including how to register.

Friday, January 21, 10-11 a.m. | Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina
Partner Program: “The Aging Brain: Normal vs. Not Normal” (online)
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. This workshop will provide a greater understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia, and what to do if someone has signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina chapter, will present along with area experts.
Join via Zoom; for more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina’s website.

Friday, January 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Mission: When a Nonprofit Hospital Changes to a For-Profit: An Update from AVL Watchdog” (online)
Peter Lewis (plewis@avlwatchdog.org) is a reporter for AVL Watchdog and former senior writer and editor for The New York Times, managing editor of The Bay Citizen in San Francisco, senior editor for Fortune magazine and John S. Knight Fellow and Hearst Visiting Professional-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he taught journalism.
Barbara Durr (bdurr@avlwatchdog.org) is also a reporter with AVL Watchdog and a former correspondent for The Financial Times of London and a former editor for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Barbara was also a senior manager in two international nonprofits: CARE and Oxfam.
Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Friday, January 21, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “The Current State of the U.S. ‘Culture Wars’ Culminating in January 6, 2021” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

Friday, January 21, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program
Register here to receive the Zoom link, email questions about Death Café, or for more information visit Third Messenger’s website.

Monday, January 24, 4:30 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Meditation: “Let GO Yoga Trauma Release” (online)
Linda Go, E-RYT, YACEP
Read more about these sessions and access the Zoom link, or email Sally Ekaireb, coordinator, for more information or to add yourself to the Meditation SIG email list.

Thursday, January 27, 4:30 p.m.
OLLI Authors (online)
Karin Eckert and Tom Milroy
In this quarterly reading program, talented OLLI writers showcase their creative talents.
Access via Zoom, or read more about today’s poets here.

Friday, January 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Fab Friday: “Meet the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s New Director Daniel Crupi” (online)
Daniel Crupi joined the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as its new executive director in July 2021. Prior to the ASO, Daniel served as the executive director of the Santa Fe Symphony and chief operating officer of the Greensboro Symphony. Daniel holds degrees from Notre Dame and UNC Greensboro, is actively involved with Asheville Rotary and UNC Asheville, and lives in Asheville with his wife, Caroline.
Daniel will discuss the impact and importance of the arts to our community, with a particular focus on the activities of ASO. The ASO is already a national leader in the orchestral field, in large part due to innovative programs such as the Amadeus Festival, IdeASOund recording initiative and transformative music education programs. Now, the ASO is breaking new ground, increasing its community engagement activities through free public performances in downtown; launching a new chamber orchestra series that takes the Symphony to breweries, clubs, museums and beyond; and further expanding its educational impact.
Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Friday, January 28, 1 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/The Forum: “Gerrymandering and Similar Voting-Suppression Tactics” (online)
Email Beth Johnson, coordinator, for more information and a link to the meeting.

February

Tuesday, February 1, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program: “Cuba Conundrums” (in-person + online)
Facing a catastrophic economic situation exacerbated by tightened U.S. sanctions and pandemic lockdowns, the Cuban government is now also roiled by the popular unrest of last July and fallout over the regime’s ensuing crackdown. Meanwhile, President Biden’s administration finds itself with few attractive policy alternatives for the island nation. Finding a path back to the rapprochement advanced by Obama and scuttled by Trump appears more challenging than ever. At the same time, Cuba’s development of its own vaccines and its robust public health measures may open the island back up in the coming months, and it is hard to imagine that this status quo can go on much longer. In both Washington and Havana, something has got to give.
Jon Elliston, a local journalist and historian who has visited Cuba regularly for the past 25 years, will unpack the latest developments, tensions and potential opportunities in the long-troubled U.S.-Cuba relationship..
This year, as the result of the generosity of donors, all World Affairs Council programs will be free and open to everyone.
Register to attend via Zoom.

Thursday, February 3, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program: “Exploring Carbon Chemistry Around Massive Young Stars” (online)
Rachel Smith, PhD, associate professor, department of physics and astronomy, Appalachian State University”
For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Thursday, February 3, 7 p.m. | Sierra Club of Western North Carolina
Partner Program: “Hope from the 2021 UN Climate Summit” (online)
Drew Jones, co-founder and co-director, Climate Interactive
Register here to receive the Zoom link, or read more about the presentation.

Saturday, February 5, 11 a.m. | Western North Carolina Historical Association
Partner Program: “Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School Tour” (online)
For more information, visit the WNC Historical Association’s website.

Tuesday, February 9, 5 p.m.
OLLI Shared Interest Group/Aging in Place (online)
Join via Zoom, or email group leader Meridith Miller.

Thursday, February 10, 4:30 p.m.
STEM Lecture Series: “The Science of Viruses” (in-person + online)
The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Given our experiences over the past 18 months living through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very timely to cover pandemics from different perspectives, ranging from the history of pandemics to the science of viruses to modeling pandemics; and further to the mental health effects and ethical issues in combating pandemics.
Donald Martin’s doctorate is in physical chemistry. At the College for Seniors, he served on the programs committee and three years as chairman of the curriculum committee. At OLLI, he taught Science of Mind and gave a STEM lecture on “Our Understanding of Brain Structure and Function.” He is a member of the Society of Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society and the Biophysical Society.
Register to attend via Zoom, and read more about the series.

Friday, February 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fab Friday (online)
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian’s new executive director Shana Bushyhead Condill will share her understanding of the museum’s mission and plans for the future.

Friday, February 11, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: Symphony Talk
Maestro Butorac will discuss the upcoming concert “Roaring Rhapsody” (February 12). He will speak about the composers George Gershwin, Antonín Dvořák and William Grant Still and their works being performed by the ASO. Solo pianist Xiayn Wang will join.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Sunday, February 13, 2:30 p.m. | Autumn Players
Partner Program: Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Marianne Lyon
Genial, mild mannered Elwood P. Dowd has a special friend in Harvey, a large and gentle rabbit whom only he can see and hear. Utterly mortified, his social-climbing sister tries to have him committed to a mental institution, but her plans go hilariously awry in this beloved American classic.
For more information, a full schedule of the 2021-2022 Readers Theatre Showcase series, or to learn more about upcoming meetings and how to join, visit the Autumn Players’ website. Purchase tickets online for $8; any remaining tickets will be sold for $8 by cash only at the door beginning at 2 p.m. prior to each performance.

Sunday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Friday, February 18, 10-11 a.m. | Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina
Partner Program: “Ask the Expert: Legal and Financial Issues as We Age”
Learn about important legal and financial issues to consider as we grow older. Bring your questions to ask our legal expert as he discusses how to put plans in place, how to pay for care while protecting your assets and how to access legal and financial resources near you.
Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina chapter, will present along with area experts.
For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina’s website.

Friday, February 18, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program
Email questions about Death Café, or for more information visit Third Messenger’s website.

Monday, February 21
Last day of winter 2022 CFS term

Tuesday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.
STEM Lecture Series: “The Dynamics and Mathematics of Pandemics” (in-person + online)
The STEM Lecture Series is interdisciplinary with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Given our experiences over the past 18 months living through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very timely to cover pandemics from different perspectives, ranging from the history of pandemics to the science of viruses to modeling pandemics; and further to the mental health effects and ethical issues in combating pandemics.
Howard Jaslow’s degrees are in aeronautical engineering and physics. He has produced a series of courses entitled Science and Technology: In-Depth Lectures since 2003. He has been responsible for the STEM Lecture Series since its start in 2011. During his career, he published numerous papers on hypersonic aerodynamics and spatial disorientation and aviation safety. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Read more about the series, and register to attend via Zoom.

March

Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. | World Affairs Council
Partner Program
This year, as the result of the generosity of donors, all World Affairs Council programs will be free and open to everyone.

Thursday, March 3, 7-9 p.m. | Astronomy Club of Asheville
Partner Program
For more information, visit the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website.

Friday, March 11, 2-4 p.m. | Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Partner Program: “Introduction to Medicare: Understanding the Puzzle”
Space is limited; register online or call 828.277.8288.

Sunday, March 13, 5:30 p.m. | Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association
Partner Program
For more information, visit the CNPA-Asheville Region’s website.

Thursday, March 17, 10-11 a.m. | Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina
Partner Program: “10 Ways to Love Your Brain”
Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. This workshop will provide tips from the latest research on ways you can make simple changes to potentially reduce your risk of developing dementia and improve your overall health as you age.
Denise Young, regional manager of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina chapter, will present along with area experts.
For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina’s website.

Friday, March 18, 3 p.m. | Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Partner Program: Symphony Talk
Maestro Butorac will discuss the upcoming concert “Folklore Fantasy.” He will speak about the composers Johan Sibelius, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky and their works being performed by the ASO. Solo violinist William Hagen will join.
For more information about the ASO or to find out how to purchase tickets for performances at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, visit visit the Asheville Symphony’s website.

Friday, March 18, 5-6:30 p.m. | Death Café
Partner Program
Email questions about Death Café, or for more information visit Third Messenger’s website.

Sunday, March 20, 2:30 p.m. | Autumn Players
Partner Program: An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly, directed by Margaret Crowell
A celebratory dinner is interrupted when an inspector comes to call at the house of the upper-middle-class Birling family. His persistent questioning regarding the death of a young working-class factory worker unleashes a torrent of unexpected revelations. The disparity between the haves and the have-nots is as relevant today as it was in 1912 when this socially conscious mystery, complete with a surprise ending, was set.
For more information, a full schedule of the 2021-2022 Readers Theatre Showcase series, or to learn more about upcoming meetings and how to join, visit the Autumn Players’ website. Purchase tickets online for $8; any remaining tickets will be sold for $8 by cash only at the door beginning at 2 p.m. prior to each performance.