Special Events are unique opportunities for OLLI members. They often include "behind the scenes" looks at fascinating places of cultural interest in San Diego.
During World War II, San Diego State College students serving around the world wrote thousands of letters to one professor, Dr. Lauren C. Post. Each month, Dr. Post included excerpts in the “Aztec News Letter,” which he mailed to students and their families. His work kept the campus and the community connected. History feels alive and immediate in these first-person accounts of places such as Normandy, North Africa, Germany, and the Pacific. The determination, fear, raw grief, and wonder of these articulate young men and women are preserved in their timeless letters in the World War II San Diego State College Servicemen’s Correspondence Collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives. Following the presentation, students will view original letters and News Letters from the collection.
Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion
March 22 - March 22
A survivor of Peoples Temple and decade-long resident of Synanon will share her analysis of both cults. She will compare and contrast the styles of leaders Jim Jones and Charles E. Dederich, both of whom were drawn to California and had their greatest success here. She will also reflect on the members who were drawn to join each group — why did Peoples Temple members mostly join as large extended families, and Synanon members join as individuals? What do the survivors of the groups think now? How do you distinguish quirkiness from insanity in a leader? What are the red flags you need to watch for? What are your expectations of a leader? Following the presentation, students will view the Peoples Temple at Jonestown Special Collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives.
Format: 40% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion, 20% Multimedia
March 29 - March 29
New to the OLLI at SDSU? A returning member in need of a refresher? Or just want to see if OLLI at SDSU is for you? We invite you to a short presentation followed by a walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on campus (Wear comfortable shoes!)
- Meet our dynamic instructors, staff, and fellow learners
- Enjoy refreshments and an opportunity drawing
- Learn more about spring course offerings
- Register for classes
- This event is free. Space is limited.
You’ll receive an email with event details and instructions for convenient parking. The trolley and bus stops are also nearby. We look forward to meeting you!
Facilitators: OLLI Staff and Volunteers (membership not required)
As the power of the digital world accelerates, we’ll explore how the brain and mind interact (or don't) and how our present and future lives will be impacted. We’ll watch six to eight TED Talks by leading experts in the fields of brain research, psychology, technology, artificial intelligence, and business. Each will be followed by facilitated discussion.
Format: 5% Lecture (Intro/Announcements), 45% Interactive discussion, 50% Demonstration (TED Talks)
People “voluntarily” accept the end of therapy and discharge from skilled nursing facilities because they don’t know their rights. Philip Lindsley, an expert in health care advocacy and elder law, will show you how to assert your rights under the law, and how to get the care you need with the resources and benefits to pay for it. We’ll look at common scenarios, your options, and reference the underlying legal authority. Part 2: Clinical social worker and Aging Life Care Manager Susan Valoff from Windward Life Care will offer guidance in navigating the long-term care maze: how to choose a facility, your rights, Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage, long-term care insurance, and more. Refreshments will be served.
Format: 70% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion
Presenters: Philip Lindsley and Susan Valoff
Philip P. Lindsley is a widely recognized elder and disability law attorney. His practice focuses on Medi-Cal and public benefits planning, special needs planning, asset protection, probate and trust administration, and conservatorships and their alternatives. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), accredited by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association; a State Bar of California-certified legal specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law; and an accredited Veterans Administration attorney. He is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble peer review.
Susan Valoff, LCSW, C-ASWCM, has 25 years of experience in healthcare and geriatrics, including in-hospital social work, home-care administration, and Aging Life Care Management. In addition to having served hundreds of clients and families, Valoff has served as an expert witness in cases related to older adults and their care needs. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Chicago.
On a clear dark night, we can see perhaps a thousand stars. Among those sparkles of light are hidden gems if you know what to look for: planets, satellites, meteors, and even galaxies. We'll begin our journey in SDSU's Planetarium, discussing these naked-eye objects and what we've learned about the universe without a telescope. Then we'll skip right over binoculars and small telescopes and go for the big guns: the 1-meter telescope at SDSU's Mt. Laguna Observatory (50 miles away at an altitude of 6,100 feet) which can be remote-controlled from campus. Weather permitting, from our classroom we’ll open the dome and use a CCD camera to observe some "deep sky" wonders: globular clusters, nebulae, and galaxies millions of light years away. Note: In the event of inclement weather, we'll discuss the cosmic significance of some of the most beautiful images obtained by Hubble and other telescopes.
Format: 20% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion, 60% Demonstration
Presenters: William Welsh, Ph.D. and Gur Windmiller
February 23 - February 23
OLLI Café is a social hour held twice per semester between classes where students can come together in a specially designated room at CES to relax, regroup, share insights about classes, and catch up. Additionally, instructors will drop in to give a brief overview of their upcoming classes. Coffee, water, and tea will be provided. OLLI Café is open to members and non-members, and registration is not required.
Facilitators: OLLI Staff and Volunteers
March 5 - March 5
April 6 - April 6
Enjoy a walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on the SDSU campus. We'll show you the classrooms, staff offices, registration window, places to relax between classes, where to get your (optional) student ID card, and more. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for the walking tour. We look forward to meeting you.
Facilitators: OLLI Volunteers
March 8 - March 8
Ever wanted to learn more about all the great resources at the SDSU Library? Enjoy a tour led by library faculty and staff for an overview of the collections (more than 7 million items) and services. Learn how to find and borrow books; what special collections and other selections are on each floor; how to access the 800+ public computers; how to check out DVDs and CDs from the Media Center; how to access the book catalogs (for printed and eBooks), article and journal databases, and digital collections; and how to request materials from other libraries.
Presenter: Gloria Rhodes
Gloria Rhodes is an associate librarian at SDSU, with over 25 years’ experience working in school, public, and academic libraries. As the library liaison to the departments of Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, United States History, and Military Science, she provides library instruction, collection development, and research assistance to students and faculty. She also coordinates the library presence for orientation events, and provides tours for visiting K-12 students. Rhodes is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and North Carolina Central University, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master’s in library science.
March 15 - March 15
Passions and ill-fated love ignite when a charismatic new lector comes to the Ybor City cigar factory to read to the workers. Romances flame and marriages explode when he begins reading the novel Anna Karenina, and the scandalous lives of Tolstoy’s characters become dangerously intertwined with the lives of his listeners. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna in the Tropics is a steamy, lyrical plunge into the whirlpools of imagination and love.
OLLI students receive a special price on tickets to the show, which includes a behind the scenes look at the making of the show and a post-show talkback with the director.
Our backstage tour will not only include a tour of the Don Powell stage, but we will get an opportunity to look at the Experimental Theatre, costume shop and some selected period pieces of vintage costumes. It's a great way to get some "insider" information prior to the show and talk back!
Students will meet at the College of Extended Studies, then walk together to the Don Powell Theatre on campus. Backstage tour begins at 1 pm, the show begins at 2 pm.
April 22 - April 22
Volunteers are crucial to society, and they’re the backbone of OLLI at SDSU. If you’d like to make a difference while having fun and forging friendships, become a classroom ambassador. They ensure that classes run smoothly by welcoming students and introducing instructors, serve as a liaison between the institute and classmates, disseminate information, and motivate peers to get involved. At this one-hour training, you will learn:
- Effective presentation tips
- How to use the SMART podium
- Who to call with AV or facilities issues
- Processes and procedures for the Classroom Ambassador
Facilitators: OLLI Staff
Understand the symptoms and causes of age-related hearing loss and its effects on your overall health. We’ll look at the components of a comprehensive hearing test; amplification options; the ins and outs of hearing aid technology, including best practices for fitting; pricing; and the emerging changes in related laws and technologies. Our goal is to increase access to hearing healthcare for the 75 percent of people with hearing loss who would benefit from hearing aids but do not have them. Please join us as we bust some myths and tell the truth about hearing aids. Optional tour of the SDSU Audiology clinic is available. Register for tour separately. Space is limited.
Format: 60% Lecture, 40% Interactive discussion
Presenters: Christine Kirsch, Au.D. and Carol Branch, Au.D.
March 19 - March 19