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Classes May Be Paused, But Learning Never Stops

Stay engaged with a library of recorded lectures available to OLLI members!

One of the most vital roles of OLLI is bringing people together. OLLI Chico is taking the lead in creating a national inventory of recorded lectures for all 200,000 OLLI members in the network to access. While there’s no substitute for learning together, we hope these recordings provide one small way to connect (virtually) during these uncertain times.

• Presentations & Lectures by OLLI Chico Instructors [View Library]
• Presentations & Lectures by Other OLLIs [View Now]
• Recorded Presentations, Lectures & Panels at CSU, Chico [View Library]
• Additional Online Learning Resources, Virtual Tours & Live Cams [View Library]

OLLI Chico Spring '20 Classes

NEW! Aging Bodies: An Owner's Manual

The Aging Eye by Benjamin Gilbert, MD of Chico Eye Care

Our eyes exhibit age-related changes in performance as we get older, particularly as we reach our 60s and beyond. Some of these changes are perfectly normal and don't signify any sort of disease process. And though cataracts can be considered an age-related disease, they are very common in older adults and can be readily corrected with surgery. Dr. Gilbert explores these common changes, as well as more serious age-related eye diseases. Understanding more about our aging eyes and what we can do as we notice changes can help improve our eye health and overall quality of life. | View Now

Medieval Machinations

Leanne Ulvang, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Bayeaux Tapestry SceneReturn to medieval England and beyond to recap previously-delivered lectures (with some updates) covering the battles of Hastings and Agincourt, plus a millennium of mayhem and meandering in the medieval world.

• Lecture 1: The Battle of Hastings to the Domesday Book (1066-1086) | View Now
• Lecture 2: The Anarchy (1135-1153) | View Now
• Lecture 3: The Barons' Wars (1215-1266) | View Now
• Lecture 4: Edward II (1307-1327) | View Now
• Lecture 5: Richard II: Chaucer & Emerging Englishness (1377-1400) | View Now 
• Lecture 6: Agincourt 1415 | View Now

Great Decisions

Video Screen ShotIndia Pakistan Relations by Dave Price, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Great Decisions class instructor Dave Price presents a two-part series on relations between two nuclear armed neighbors. This presentation provides geographic, demographic, and historical background about why the two nations distrust each other.
Part 1 | View Now
NEW! Part 2 | View Now

Class Website Tour by Myron Flindt, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Great Decisions class instructor Myron Flindt gives a tour of the Great Decisions class website and shows how to find current information, class presentations, and resources. View Now

OLLI Chico Hikers Facebook Group

Image of the OLLI Hikers Facebook GroupThis open Facebook group is a place for OLLI Hikers--past, present, future, or armchair--to share information, photos, maps, and past hiking experiences with each other. Visit the group and feel free to share some great hikes of your own, and while you're there, be sure to like our Facebook page.

Fairy Tales: Not the Same Old Stories

Sydney Wilde, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

In her 12-week course on Fairy Tales, Peer Leader Sydney Wilde uses the Great Courses, "A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales" to mediate a delightful romp through our collective unconscious. The popular series features Hannah Harvey, an award-winning teacher and professional storyteller, from whom Sydney pulls provocative ideas plus tips on how to tell these wonderful tales to friends and loved ones.

• Jack and the Beanstalk | View Now

Photo of Finished Sewing Pattern CollageExploring Mixed Media Collage

Debbie Vermette, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Keep on creating with pdf lessons provided by Debbie Vermette. We'd love to see your collages! Email photos to olli@csuchico.edu.

• Sewing Pattern Collage | Download Lesson
• Image Transfer Project | Download Lesson
• Same Image, Multiple Sizes | Download Lesson
• Painting with Paper | Download Lesson

The Wars of the Roses

Leanne Ulvang, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Henry V, hero of Agincourt (1415), died in 1422 leaving his 9-month old son heir to the crown. After decades of war with France, England's economic and political turmoil came to a head. Magnates feuded over control of feeble-minded Henry VI, fiscal policies and war strategies. Factions coalesced around the York family (white rose) and Lancastrian champions (red rose), erupting into battle in 1455. For 30 years, royal cousins connived and killed, destroying the Plantagenet line of kings.

Decorative• Orientation to 15th C England | View Now
• Edward III and His Legacies | View Now
• First Maneuvers (1444-1445) | View Now
• First Battle of St Albans (1455-1460) | View Now
• Battles (1455-1461) | View Now
• Edward IV Becomes King (1462-1470) | View Now
• Readeption (1470-1471) | View Now
• Deaths of Last Lancastrians (1471) | View Now
• Reign of Richard III (1483-1485) | View Now
• Henry VII Early Reign (1485-1500) | View Now
• Aftermath & Historical Perspectives | View Now

Maintaining Optimum Brain Health & Fitness

Dr. Len Matheson, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

Screen capture of Len Matheson's Video Lecture. Click to view.The most important resource to maintain excellent quality-of-life is the health and fitness of our brains. In a series of five lectures, Dr. Len Matheson presents the five key ingredients to brain health and fitness based on the latest scientific research, as well as easy-to-implement recommendations to optimize residual cognitive function and emotional resilience. 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.

• Lesson 1: Brain Basics | View Now
• Lesson 2: Cognitive Reserve Capacity | View Now
• Lesson 3: Brain Restorative Sleep | View Now
   • Q&A with Len & Mary on Brain Restorative Sleep | View Now | Download Handout (pdf)
• Lesson 4: Exercise & Nutrition | View Now
   • Q&A with Len & Mary on Brain-Body Homeostasis | View Now
• Lesson 5: Community Connectivity & High Quality-of-life Longevity | View Now

Beyond Earth: 50 Years Since Apollo 11

Dr. Scott Perry, Peer Leader, OLLI at CSU, Chico

In a very Video still image linking to presentation.interactive presentation, Dr. Scott Petty explains what we knew before and after the monumental moon landing on July 20, 1969. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, he demonstrates the mysteries of our solar system and describes the Apollo 11 landing in detail. Presentation time: 1 hour, 1 minutes | Recorded: October 2, 2019 | View Now

Voice of the Veteran Speaker Series

Phil Elkins, U.S. Army Veteran & OLLI Instructor

Phil Elkins presents as part of the "Voice of the Veteran" speaker seriesPhil Elkins was drafted into the U.S. Army in the 1960s, as soon as he graduated from high school. When asked why he went, he replies, “It was either that or five years in prison.” Within five months, Elkins had been trained as a medic and was on his way for a year’s deployment in Vietnam. In this presentation, he presents his story through both words and song, accompanying himself on a guitar. The songs include stories of his time in Vietnam and his return to civilian life. Elkins, who grew up in East Los Angeles, is known in the Chico area as “Senor Felipe,” the host of the program “L.A. Sounds” on KZFR Community Radio. Presentation time: 49 minutes | View Now

Presentations & Lectures by Other OLLIs

OLLI at UMass BostonHere's full archive of course lectures & brown bag presentations from OLLI UMass Boston, along with a few choices that sounded interesting to us. Enjoy!

Prelude to War (Course Lectures)

“Prelude to War” was a six-week course offered at OLLI at UMass Boston in Fall of 2018. It was taught by one of our most popular lecturers, Gary Hylander, who earned his PhD at Boston College and is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and professor of history at Framingham State University. The series was video-conferenced to our two offsite locations, and our members truly enjoy Gary’s ability to share history as if he was simply telling a story.

September 17September 24October 1October 22October 29November 5

Ancient Cities, Temples, and Food Markets: The Art, Culture, and Cuisine of Southeast Asia (Course Lectures)

November 19November 26December 3December 10December 17

OLLI at University of Michigan

Why Do We Have the Electoral College? Should We?Presented by Professor Ken Kollma, University of Michigan, Courtesy of OLLI at University of Michigan

Professor Kollman will provide an historical and analytical analysis of the Electoral College, an institution that was created through the U.S. Constitution.He will review the origins of this curious institution, and will discuss the pros and cons of its continued use. Presentation time: 1 hour, 34 minutes | View Now

Race, the Party System, and Elite Incentives in American Elections, Presented by Professor Vincent L. Hutchings, University of Michigan, Courtesy of OLLI at University of Michigan

Professor Hutchings’ presentation will examine how race has become such a pivotal issue in American politics. He will also explore how politicians in both parties use racial appeals in order to gain electoral advantage. Presentation time: 1 hour, 31 minutes | View Now

Recorded CSU, Chico Lectures, Panels & Presentations

Image from Dr. Vernon Andrews presentation. Click to watch presentation.How Christchurch, New Zealand arose from earthquake ashes -- and fought white supremacy. My visit in photos. Presented by Dr. Vernon Andrews, Department of Multicultural & Gender Studies, CSU, Chico

Dr. Vernon Andrews lived in New Zealand for 14 years. He recently returned to New Zealand to discover how the country has recovered from the 2016 7.8 magnitude earthquake and the more recent Christchurch mosque mass shooting. He discusses how the country has transformed spaces and continues to heal. Presentation time: 42 minutes | View Now

Renaissanced, Presented by Dr. Jason Nice, History Department, CSU, Chico

Click to play videoStudents in Renaissance Civilization: 1300-1500, a course taught by Dr. Jason Nice, were instructed to visit the Turner Print Museum. Despite the fact prints were not all from the Renaissance era, students had to analyze the complicated and enduring themes of the Renaissance. The end result was impressive work and words capturing the broad themes of the Renaissance. Presentation time: 34 minutes | View Now

Democracy’s Essentials: Free Speech & Government Accountability, Panel of Professional Journalists and Legal Experts

Democracy's EssentialsA panel of journalists and legal experts discuss free speech issues in the field of journalism. They include: Peter Scheer, Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition, introduces the discussion by explaining that his organization, the First Amendment Coalition, is dedicated to government transparency and freedom of speech. He states that it is adherence to these two principles that make a government accountable to the people. Presentation Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | View Now

Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders, Dr. Asa Mittman
Art and Art History Department, CSU, Chico

Dr. Asa Mittman's presents "Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders"In this unique presentation, Dr. Asa Mittman closely analyzes a medieval map with students and colleagues. What are they analyzing? Monsters, of all kinds, that can be recognized throughout biblical texts. They dive deep into each monsters historical context and specific characteristics. These monsters can be seen in other texts throughout history and have interesting backgrounds. Join Dr. Mittman and those in attendance for new perspectives on classic creatures! Presentation time: 39 minutes | View Now

High Impact Experiences on the Other Side of the Planet, A panel presented moderated by Dr. Lee Altier, College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico

Chico State students participate in a panel discussion about their study abroad trip in NepalHave you ever considered studying abroad? These four students spent five life-changing weeks in Nepal, and share their experiences with us, from staying in a new home with a native family to spending time with the local children. They put in lots of work, jumping out of their comfort zones to immerse themselves in the Nepali culture and way of life. Presentation Time: 50 minutes | View Now

Additional Online Learning Resources, Virtual Tours & Live Cams

Traveling from Provence to Burgandy ~ Virtual Tours by Virginie More

Former Peer Leader Leslie Howard is contributing a series of virtual tours of the southern Burgundy and Beaujolais regions of France created by her French friend Virginie More. Learn more and download the tours in the Armchair Traveler class on the OLLI Spring '20 schedule.

Pageant Theatre Virtual Screening Room

Pageant Theatre LogoDo you miss your "Movies at the Pageant Theatre" class? Well, the Pageant has opened a new virtual cinema screening room that provides you with a way to screen many of the films they to bring into the theater, as well as movies that may no longer be able to receive a proper theatrical release. A generous portion of each ticket purchased will go to support The Pageant, and help them return to their mission as a vibrant, community-centric arthouse cinema once this uncertain period is behind us. See What's Playing

Google Arts & Culture Collections

Virtual tours of museums, cultural and historical sites, city street views, famous artworks, nature, moments in history, and much more. [Visit Site]

Screen capture of Google Arts and Culture website

The Social Distancing Festival

A site for celebrating artists and the work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted. So far, submissions have included clips from rehearsals, scenes done with cast-mates over webcam, recordings from previous workshops, design plans, and performers just doing the song they were really excited about singing into their webcam. [Visit Site]

Twitter#SunshineSongs  Started by Broadway star Laura Benanti, this is a compilation of shared video clips of high school and college musicals/musicians who’s spring performances were cancelled due to the corona virus. Take a listen and show your support with a like! [Visit Site]

National Parks Virtual Tours

Explore some amazing locations without leaving your home. [Visit Site]

Screen capture of National Parks virtual tours web page

Discovery Education Virtual Tours…No Permission Slip Required!

Experience polar bears in the tundra, advanced manufacturing labs, the Johnson Space Center, the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical labs, and more! [Visit Site]

More Virtual Tours

The Great Wall of China
The Louvre
Farm Food 360

Metropolitan Opera Nightly Opera Streams

Beginning Monday, March 16, and continuing each day for the duration of the Met’s closure, an encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day. Scheduled performances include Carmen, La Bohème, It Trovatore, La Traviata, and more! [Visit Site]

Kennedy Center Digital Stage

Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond. We'll feature original works, new clips, and the best of our vast archive which you can also explore on your own. [Visit Site]

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. [Visit Site]

Complete the United States Census 2020!

The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete online. [Visit Site]

Animals! Live cams for smiles and amusement.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams
Monterey Bay Aquarium