OLLI Annual Meeting

OLLI at UCI held its annual meeting at the Duck Club on June 10, 2015.

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The two PDF files and the video shown at the meeting are available for viewing.

OLLI Volunteers 2014-2015

OLLI Annual Meeting 2015v4

Irvine Transportation Center

What will OLLI look like if we move to the Irvine Transportation Center?

SC 210: IT’S ELEMENTARY: Human Existence and the Chemical Elements

Everything we experience, including our very existence, depends on the properties of 118 kinds of substances, the chemical elements.  In this series of lectures each class will provide examples to show that what we experience in the world and how we achieve our purposes are connected to the properties of specific chemical elements. For these elements we will describe some of their properties, how they became recognized to be fundamental substances, where they occur in nature, and how their properties are linked to our experience.  Our classroom allows for only very limited demonstrations so we will make use of materials from the Internet to illustrate the elemental properties.

Thursday, May 7:  Elements for murder (and some other poisons)

Class Presentation:  Its Elementary May 7  

Thursday, May 14:  Elements for fun—for a glorious Fourth

Class Presentation: Its Elementary May 14

Thursday, May 21: Keeping in touch with the elements—what’s in your cellphone?

Class Presentation: It’s Elementary May 21

Thursday, May 28:  Keeping track of the elements—the Periodic Table

Class Presentation: It’s Elementary May 28 2015

Developers/Presenters:  John Bush and James Boire, OLLI Science Committee Members


Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom










SC 212           Introduction to Meteorology DVD Lecture with Discussion – PART 3

Class presentations available.

This series of DVD-based lectures concludes a survey of the science of the weather.  It addresses such questions as: What causes violent weather? How can you decipher the charts and jargon that meteorologists use?  How do meteorologists make predictions and how well do they do? The classes are based on a Great Courses DVD series presented by Professor Robert Fovell of UCLA, supplemented by additional material and class discussion led by an OLLI member.

Tuesday, May 19:  Violent weather–cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons; reading weather charts

Click here to view the presentation: Meteorology May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 26:  Predicting the weather

Tuesday, June 2:  Summary of the course—the Perfect Storm; an introduction to weather and climate research at UCI

Meteorology (continued)

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD) Robert Fovell, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

Developer/Discussion Leader:  John Bush, OLLI Science Committee Member


Tuesdays, May 19, 26, and June 2

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


Marj Besemer            949-589-9085


Gary Oberts               714-389-6379


SC 211: The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders. Class presentations available.

This is a repeat of Part 2 presented in the Fall 2014 Semester. These classes are based on a series of Great Courses video lectures by Professor Michael Wysession. Part 1 was a series of lectures presented in the Spring 2014 semester, but previous viewing is not a requirement. Experiencing the lectures on which these classes are based is rather like making a tour of picturesque places with a knowledgeable geologist as a companion. Each lecture provides an account of the human significance of the region, as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for the interesting features, such as volcanic activity, the formation and erosion of mountains, the creation of caves and atolls, earthquakes and faults. The concepts of plate tectonics provide unifying explanations for much of the spectacular geology. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, led by members of the Science Committee.

Tuesday, May 12: Limestone Weathering – Mammoth Cave, The Great Blue Hole, Ha Long Bay

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Outline

Geological Wonders – Mammoth Cave,

Great Blue Hole

Ha Long Bay

Tuesday, May 19: Mid-ocean Ridges, Rifts and Lava Lakes – Galapagos, African Rift Valley, Erta Ale Lava Lake (Afar Region, Ethiopia)

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Galapagos Islands

Geological Wonders Ha Long

Mid Ocean Ridges-Rifts and Lava Lakes

Tuesday, May 26: Mountains and Rivers – Himalayas, Ganges Delta, Amazon Basin

Class Presentations:

Mountains and Rivers

Tuesday, June 2: Waterfalls, Floods and Tides – Iguazu Falls, Rock of Gibraltar, Bay of Fundy

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD):  Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, Washington University in Saint Louis

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders

Bay of Fundy

Developers/Discussion Leaders: John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI Science Committee Members


Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, and June 2

1:30 – 3:30 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

Religion and Politics in the Middle East (SS 306)

Class Presentations Available. Click on the links below.


As one watches the drama throughout the Middle East, what is the role of religion in politics and how is it different from other regions of the world?  What are the common misconceptions of the region and how have concepts such as secularism, democracy and human rights in these regions created the culture of the Middle East?

Thursday, March 5: Religion and the State in the Middle East, theocracies and political parties.

Thursday, March 12: Religious and political narratives in the Middle East with emphasis on peace psychology.

Thursday, March 19: Addressing contentious questions/issues about religion and politics in the Middle East such as how they relate to human rights and to democracy.

Presenters:   Johanna Solomon and Tanya Schwarz are finishing their Ph.D. work in the UCI School of Social Sciences.  Johanna holds degrees from University of Chicago and Northwestern. She is working in the area of conflict resolution related to the Israeli Palestinian conflict. She has just returned from being a visiting scholar at the University of Tel Aviv. Tanya holds degrees from UC Riverside in Political Science.  She has been researching the meaning and role of prayer for faith-based organizations conducting work in the Middle East.  She has taught courses at UCI on Religion and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

Developers:  Mary Lou Sortais, Jonathan Weil, Peggy Maradudin



Thursdays, March 5, 12 and 19

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Clink on these links to view the presentations:

SS 306 Religion and Politics in the Middle East Intro


SS 306 Religion and Politics 2

SS 306 Religion and Politics 3


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