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COVID-19 OLLI Alternatives to Regularly Scheduled Programming

We will be offering Zoom classes and chat groups for the summer semester.  If you haven't downloaded Zoom to your phone, computer, or tablet, now's the time to do so. Click on the Zoom link above, scroll until you find the right device, or go to your app store. The Zoom site has excellent tutorials as well, and it is much more intuitive and user-friendly than Skype. Scroll down and watch "Join a Meeting" for the basics. The list of available courses will be posted May 8, and registration begins May 11. Classes will begin May 18 and continue through August 15, all online.

Meanwhile, look below for additional online educational opportunities.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the nation have been so generous in sharing both their methods for continuing programming during the pandemic and their resources. A big shout-out to all my fellow directors for their links!

General Lecture Repositories:

Some universities have websites containing links to their lectures and brown bag series. Explore these at your leisure. All recordings are free.

California State University-Chico: https://rce.csuchico.edu/osher/

University of Massachusetts –Boston: https://www.umb.edu/olli/about/lectures

Ted Talks provide an excellent source of lectures on all kinds of topics: https://www.ted.com/


The Foreign Policy Association has also made their Great Decisions 2020 videos available for free on YouTube. The link to the first is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA1ZxzkUHNI&list=PLDHHJksdsrQFAfjQi4VehimWl_n3SnyGf

The others will have links to the right of the video. The Great Decisions 2020 topics are as follows:

  • Climate Change and the Global Order by Ronald Bee

Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our time. As much of the world bands together to come up with a plan, the U.S. remains the notable holdout. What is the rest of the world doing to combat climate change? What impact will the effects of climate change have on global geopolitics?

  • India and Pakistan by Barbara Crossette

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of Hindu nationalism to a historic reelection in 2019. His first order of business was to revoke the special status granted to the Kashmir region, inflaming the rivalry between India and Pakistan. How will the Kashmir situation affect the region, both economically and politically?

  • Red Sea Security by David Shinn

The Red Sea has remained vital for global trade since the time of ancient Egypt. Once home to the spice trade, the Red Sea now sees millions of barrels of oil a day transported across its waters. With major nations like China, France, Italy, and the U.S. building large ports and bases in the region, what does the future of the region look like? How important is Red Sea security for global security? Can the region be a place of global cooperation?

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking by Ronald Weitzer

Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle by Michael Shifter and Bruno Binetti

Combatting illegal immigration has become a priority of the Trump administration. The Northern Triangle of Central America, made up of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, is a special target of the administration, which hold the nations responsible for the large flow of migrants from Latin America to the U.S. With funds from the U.S. cut, how can the Northern Triangle countries curtail migration?

  • China's Road into Latin America by Margaret Myers

As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?”  

  • The Philippines and the U.S. by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay 

The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century.  However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?

  • Artificial Intelligence and Data by Susan Ariel Aaronson

Policymakers in many countries are developing plans and funding research in artificial intelligence (AI). Global growth is slowing, and not surprisingly, many policymakers hope that AI will provide a magic solution. The EU, Brazil, and other Western countries have adopted regulations that grant users greater control over their data and require that firms using AI be transparent about how they use it. Will the U.S. follow suit?


The University of Michigan is sharing its programming free of charge:

Learn the Latest About Vaccines in OLLI’s First Live + Video Learning! – Starts Monday, May 11 at 10:15! 
Vaccines are the topic of the first Live + Video Learning developed for OLLI members by the new OLLI Digital Committee. This will include, in each session, videos that give background perspective combined with live presentations that offer timely updates, often by experts featured in the videos. The session also provides the opportunity for OLLI members to ask questions.
The stimulus for this new OLLI initiative is the availability of a large archive of high quality videos (e.g. UM Teach-Outs, TED Talks) on topics of strong importance and relevance to OLLI members. Particularly suited to virtual presentations, these can form the core of a new set of offerings, enhanced by live faculty presentation from our academic partners, particularly the University of Michigan.
The first program, called Vaccines Explained in the Middle of a Pandemic, combines live presentations with video “Teach-Out” content developed by UM’s Center for Academic Innovation https://ai.umich.edu/
Online - Free! No registration needed. Link to the 3 sessions: https://umich.zoom.us/j/92098972759.
The topics of Vaccines Explained and our live faculty presenters are:
Session 1:  Monday, May 11: 10:15-12:15
Social Dimensions of Infectious Diseases (Pandemics and Epidemics) and Vaccines
Topic: Perspectives on the social dimensions of infectious crises (pandemics and epidemics), and the specific role of vaccines.

Dr. Alexandra Stern is the Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in the History of Medicine and associate director of the Center for the History of Medicine. She is a medical historian with a research focus on the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States. Her expertise supplies historical context in such areas as public health, children’s health, scapegoating, ethnic relations, political governance and social restrictions, and the complex interplay among these elements that define the human and community experience during an evolving public health emergency
Session 2:  Monday, May 18: 2:00-4:00
Economy, Policy, and Political Approaches to Vaccines
Topic 1 (2:00-3:00): Economic and policy approaches to vaccines: modeling of infectious diseases at the CDC and other organizations for guidance to policy makers and the public; leadership in political eras of low trust

Dr. David Hutton is an expert in health policy modeling and medical decision making, and has had a nationally recognized influence on national and international hepatitis B policy. He is currently interested in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of: new public health policies, the use of new drugs and devices, chronic and infectious disease interventions, and interventions with uncertain or complex outcomes.
Topic 2 (3:00-4:00): The appropriate role of government in vaccines: power dynamics, priorities, jurisdictions; funding of critical health system infrastructure and preparedness

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. In 2018, Abdul ran for Governor of Michigan on an unapologetically progressive platform. Prior, he served as Health Commissioner in the City of Detroit, appointed to rebuild the City’s health department after it was privatized during municipal bankruptcy. As a professor at Columbia University's Department of Epidemiology, Abdul became an internationally recognized expert in health policy and health inequalities.
Session 3:  Tuesday, May 26 10:00-11:30 
The Epidemiology of Pandemics and Vaccines
Topic: The epidemiology of pandemics and vaccines: the history and process of vaccine development in the US and globally; rapid response to produce a covid-19 vaccine, and near-term drug and antibody therapies

Dr. Emily Toth Martin is on the faculty of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on building a greater understanding of the epidemiology of viral respiratory diseases (including RSV, bocavirus, and influenza) through the use of molecular epidemiology. In particular, her work aims to identify strategies to reduce infections, particularly in individuals with chronic comorbidities and in hospital infectious environments (including MRSA / VRE coinfection).


  • The University of Nevada at Reno has a member, Ralph Jaeck, who is inviting all of us to read his blog, in which he is providing 2 “learning opportunities” a day:  http://yzguide.blogspot.com


Some individual lectures that may interest you:


The Kennedy Library Forum: The Constitution: Changes and Challenges in US History


(about half way down the page is the video or just click the video into YouTube for the link)

Brief description of content:  Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale University, and Eric Foner, professor emeritus of history at Columbia University and author of The Second Founding: How Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, discuss constitutional changes and challenges throughout our nation’s history. Kenneth Mack, professor of law and history at Harvard University, moderates.  


Beyond Earth: 50 Years Since Apollo 11 presented by Dr. Scott Perry, Volunteer Instructor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico https://media.csuchico.edu/media/0_r326m51m/
In a very interactive presentation, Dr. Scott Perry explains what we knew before and after the monumental moon landing on July 20, 1969. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, he demonstrates the mysteries of our solar system and describes the Apollo 11 landing in great detail.


Maintaining Optimum Brain Health & Fitness (Chico)


The most important resource to maintain excellent quality-of-life is the health and fitness of our brains. Following an introduction to brain structure and function, Dr. Len Matheson will present one of the five key ingredients to brain health and fitness based on the latest scientific research. Each of his five sessions will include easy-to-implement recommendations to optimize residual cognitive function and emotional resilience. Older adults who are intentional about brain health and fitness will be empowered by the information provided in this course. Dr. Matheson is a psychologist with graduate degrees in Gerontology who has been helping people put their lives back together after a brain injury or illness for 50 years. He retired as an award-winning medical school professor who uses multimedia to help make potentially difficult material understandable. He maintains an office in Chico, California through which he provides in-person and online training to healthcare professionals.


The Milk Street Cooking School courses by Christopher Kimball are being offered for free until April 30th. Christopher Kimball is host of the PBS Cooking Show “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street,” he is the current author of the Globe Magazine cooking column, he has a podcast, and he is a cookbook author.  Here is the link: https://www.177milkstreet.com/school/classes/online-classes. Granted folks would need to enroll in a cooking course (set-up an account), but it is free and might be good if folks are having to cook more at home.  Courses are self-paced.

Finally, thanks to Ellen Jampole, here are some YouTube videos for those of you craving exercise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aHK2sgjBCM GREAT 20 minute exercise workout for Beginners and Seniors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3q5e1pV4pc 1 mile walk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egK09xzsDAQ arm flab

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSJD0SfWZ_k balance




About Osher Lifelong Learning at CCU

OLLI@CCU is housed in the Office of Academic and Community Outreach at Coastal Carolina University. We provide opportunities for adult, noncredit students to achieve intellectual stimulation, as well as cultural and social growth. Lifelong Learning courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of mature adults in the local community. Courses are offered during day and evening hours at our convenient locations.

Our centers, open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, are located in Conway at 290 Allied Drive (843-349-5002) and in Litchfield at 14427 Ocean Highway, Litchfield Landing (843-349-6584). In addition to non-credit courses, OLLI@CCU offers local, national and international excursions, lecture series, clubs and special events. Night and weekend activities are provided on a limited basis. Registrations that are taken after 4:15 p.m. will be processed on the next business day.

In the fall of 2007, Coastal Carolina University’s Division of Academic Outreach was awarded its first grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Upon receipt of the grant, our 20-year-old adult education program was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, nicknamed “OLLI@CCU,” and rededicated to providing quality learning and networking opportunities to the large and ever-growing 50 and above adult population along the Grand Strand.

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