Nearly 100 classes planned for fall at Osher institute

More than 95 classes on a wide range of topics will kick off the fall semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware in Lewes and Ocean View. Fall classes begin on Sept. 5 at both the Lewes location at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 Dupont Avenue, and the Ocean View location at Ocean View Town Hall at 32 West Avenue.

The 10-week fall curriculum features a lineup of classes for people 50 or older in subject areas such as, history, economics, literature, humanities, international studies, food, the performing arts, music, psychology, languages, technology, and recreation and fitness.

There will be classes in Advanced French, Intermediate Spanish and Conversational German, or students can delve into short stories and novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or the evolution of the private detective in fiction. In international studies, they can examine European politics and the rise of populism, or the foreign service or discuss the history of the building of the Panama Canal.

Classes will also explore medical terminology, current medical topics and elder law. A few other new arenas include: Delaware history, Techniques in Watercolor, the English Country House and Personalities of the American Revolution.

In addition, there will be a poetry writing class; a class for dog lovers; a class on social engineering; and understanding the Apple iOS ecosystem. There will also be classes in landscape design, writing a memoir, basic woodworking and beginning bridge.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Delaware are membership organizations that provide opportunities for adults 50 or older to learn, teach and travel with their peers. The requirements for admission are an interest in a continuing educational experience, support of programs through participation and a modest membership fee.

Registration for the fall semester is now under way, and all applications received by Aug. 17 will receive priority consideration. Members of the of Lewes/Ocean View program pay a fee of $260 to join for the year or $175 for the semester and are entitled to take as many classes as they like, depending on availability. Partial scholarships are available.

The catalog, containing detailed descriptions of all courses, registration forms and scholarship application is available online at, and members may register by mail, online or in person at the OLLI office at 520 Dupont Ave., Lewes.