Exploring the Universe: Stars and Gamma Ray Bursts (SC 218). Class presentations available for viewing.

January 8: The Life of Stars

What is the life cycle of a typical star, including our Sun? How are they formed, how do they create energy? Why do some stars become neutron stars or black holes?

Class presentation: Life of Stars

January 15 and 22: Gamma Ray Bursts

Gamma Ray Bursts help explain the universe’s early history. They remained a complete mystery for 30 years but were accidentally discovered while monitoring the first nuclear test ban treaty in 1967. We will discuss their significance and how they came to be understood.

Class Presentation:

January 15: Gamma Rays 

January 22: Gamma Rays Burst Theories

Presenters/Developers: Robert B. Wilson, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (ret.), Co-Investigator, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory; and UCI Professor (ret.) Dennis Silverman.

Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


LOCAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOW WE RESPOND (SC 219). Class presentation available for viewing.

We will discuss the effects of climate change and air pollution on California communities, including the actions being taken and local programs to lower greenhouse gas pollution and adapt to climate change.

January 9: Newport Beach and Southern California

The Newport FloodRISE program for Newport Beach. 

Presenter: Jochen Shubert, Computational Hydraulics Lab, UCI

Examples of actions for homeowners and local government: Santa Ana, Irvine, and Southern California. 

Presenter: Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

California sea level rise, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Presenter:  Dennis Silverman, UCI Physics and Astronomy (retired)

Class Presentation: SC 219 – Local Climate Change

Developers:  Dennis Silverman and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

Wednesdays, January 9 (NOTE – The 2nd session scheduled for January 16 has been cancelled.)

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

(SS 312) The Changing American Family. Class presentation and 2018 Family Manifesto available for viewing.


Families in 21st century America reflect an increasingly diverse and multicultural country, with complex needs and challenges. The presenter will identify and discuss family diversity and the central social, political, economic and cultural developments that are impacting the family.

November 7:  American family diversity in the 21st century

November 14:  Social, political, economic and cultural megatrends impacting the American family. The presenter encourages interactive discussion during class sessions.

Class Presentation:

FamilyPP Fall 2018 Rev

Family Manifesto 2018

Presenter/Developer:  OLLI member Mel Roth, MSW, is the former CEO of Jewish Family Service of Orange County.

Wednesdays, November 7, 14

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Southern California Earthquakes: Occurrence and Preparedness. Class presentation available for viewing.


Occurrence and Preparedness

SC 211

We live in a portion of California where earthquakes are a routine part of life. This course will let you know where earthquake-generating faults are likely, as well as how and at what severity they are likely to occur.  We will discuss how to prepare yourself and your surroundings for when the inevitable happens, and what to expect from those agencies charged with emergency response when it does.

November 9: Earthquake Preparedness for Orange County

Presenter: Larry Fortmuller (OLLI member), American Red Cross

November 16: The Earthquake System in Southern California

Class Presentation: Geologic Fault System of Southern California November 2018

Presenter: Mark Bordelon, Adjunct Professor of Geology, Irvine Valley College

Developer: Gary Oberts

Fridays, November 9, 16

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Great Historical Events (SS 310) – Clarification from the Nov. 6 lecture: The 90s-The Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station

Great Historical EventsClarification from the November 6 lecture Remembering Great Historical Events: The 90s- The Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station

One of the slides included three images of Saturn. The white coloring near the poles was erroneously identified as “polar ice.”  These spots are actually auroras (analogous to Earth’s Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis) over Saturn’s polar region.  Saturn is a gaseous planet and has no deposits of ice.  On the other hand, Mars—a solid planet—has been shown to have polar ice deposits (actually carbon dioxide ice or as colloquially called, dry ice). Marc Nussbaum

(SC 207) How The Earth Works: Part 1, Earth 101. Class presentation available for viewing.

This is a multi-semester series based on DVD lectures by geology professor Michael Wysession. His lively lectures describe the geologic processes that formed the interior structure of the Earth and shaped its continents and seas since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. Supplemental information will be provided by the OLLI developers.

October 5: Structure and Age of the Earth

October 12: Heat and Its Consequences

October 19: Components of the Earth

October 26: From Magma to Crust

Class Presentation: DVD #10 Magma ABBREV Short Presentation 102618

Presenter: Dr. Michael E. Wysession (via Teaching Company DVDs),

Professor of Geophysics, Washington University, Saint Louis

Developers:  John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

(SS 308) THE ROMAN REPUBLIC: Its Birth and Death, 509-44 BCE

This course surveys some highlights of the Roman Republic from the 6th Century BCE to the civil wars of the first century BCE and the death of Julius Caesar.  We will look not only at political history but also social history, art and architecture, and religion.  The course will consider several key questions, including various factors behind Rome’s rise to a global power.  Importantly, it will also consider how the Romans were able to develop stable principles of government and how these principles were eventually transformed by the actions of figures such as the dictator Sulla, among others.

Presenter:  Andromache Karanika, Ph.D., UCI Associate Professor of Classics

Class Presentations:

OLLI_Course_Roman_republic_Part IB

RomanREpublic_Part II

Roman_Republic_Part II

Developer:  Timothy Deal

Thursdays, October 25; November 8

1:30 – 3:30 PM


SC 209: Whys In Biomedical Science. Class presentation available for viewing.

WHYS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE: An Incursion into Lifelong Questions

All our life we are asking the question why, seeking an explanation to events and phenomena occurring around us. This new course is aimed at an audience interested in acquiring some answers to whys in biomedical science, such as why our body behaves in a certain way, why we are all different, or why we get sick while others might not. In two sessions, we will have a frank discussion, followed by short lectures, if necessary. These will be open and stimulating discussions, without bias, in a tolerant and objective manner.

Presenter: Edgar Moran, MD, UCI Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology

October 17 Presentation: UCI-OLLI – WHY THINGS HAPPEN – Session #1 – BioMed

October 24 Presentation: UCI-OLLI – WHY THINGS HAPPEN – Session #2 – HTN-CA – 07-18-18

Developer: Gary Oberts

Wednesdays, October 17, 24

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location: Irvine Train Station

Autism (SC 208). Class presentations available for viewing.

October 8:  Overview of Autism

Class Presentation(s):  Autism Spectrum Disorders

This introduction provides a basic understanding of autism and an update on current research.

Presenter:  John Jay Gargus, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Autism Research and Translation

October 11:  Documentary Screening of Bass Clef Bliss

In this class we are joined by the writer/producer to screen his new documentary film prior to its wide release. This is the true story about a young man at the intersection of autism. As a boy, his speech disappeared and sensitivity to sound triggered frequent tantrums. With the help of caring professionals, he triumphs and functions in the world as a professional jazz musician.

Presenter:  Michael Berlin, Producer, Writer, Psychologist

Developer: Jessie Tromberg

Monday, October 8

Thursday, October 11

1:30 – 3:30 PM

ART IN THE NAZI ERA: Chapter Three: Still Disappeared. Class presentation available for viewing


Chapter Three: Still Disappeared

AH 115 

While the Allies created special commissions to find degenerate artwork that remained unaccounted for after the war, much is still missing.  The aim of ultimately returning the works to their rightful owners, their families, or their respective countries has been circumvented.  The return of The Woman in Gold is an uncommon occurrence to the unsettled and unsettling history of the once or still disappeared artworks.  We turn to the chapter persistently driven by greed.

Presenter:  Jeanne S. M. Willette, Ph.D., is Professor of Art History at the Otis College of Art and Design

Click here to view class presentation.

Developer:  Rochelle Ambersound

 Friday, June 15

1:30- 3:30 PM

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