Academic Year 2022 Courses

Academic Year 2022 Courses

Our courses provide opportunities for our members to delve more deeply into fascinating subjects, hear from outstanding teachers, and have fun as well: no exams, no grades, but ample opportunities to participate in discussions.

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→ Courses are limited to 2022 members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC. If you wish to join, go to our home page and use the section titled Join OLLI at UCSC or Renew Your Membership.  Please read the entire description of each class, as some have different enrollment procedures.

2031 International Affairs Fall 2021
2101 Food and Biochemistry
2102 Missions to Our Origins
2103 Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Note: Zoom link to be provided by email prior to the course for OLLI members

2031 International Affairs Fall 2021
When:  Starting Sept 13, 2021 and continuing every other Monday
Where:  Zoom online
Instructor:   Prof. Emerita Ronnie Gruhn

 We are again fortunate to have Ronnie Gruhn, Professor Emerita of Politics at UCSC, as one of our teachers. She has a passionate and undiminished interest in reading, writing, and talking about world affairs. Her courses offer powerful insights into what is happening today. Ronnie has been very generous in sharing her knowledge with OLLI members, and her courses have been exceedingly well attended.

Ronnie begins her fall series of YouTube commentaries on international affairs the week of September 13, continuing every other Monday.   Watch your inbox for an email from OLLI with a link to the commentary.

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 2101  Food and Biochemistry                                             

When: Tuesdays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb1, 8      10:30 – 12:00 pm
Where: Zoom online
Instructor: Barry Bowman

The food we eat is a complex mix of thousands of different kinds of chemicals. However, most of these chemicals can be put into a few simple categories, e.g. fats, carbohydrates and proteins. In this course we will see how the human body uses these chemicals and converts them into living tissue or into energy. We will explore questions like “Why does fat have more calories than sugar, and what is a calorie”? What are vitamins and what do they do in our bodies? What is difference between LDL and HDL carriers of cholesterol?

Participants are not expected to have a background in science. The content of the course will be largely the same as in previous years, but those who wish to participate again are welcome. Although the course will be offered via Zoom, opportunities will be available for questions and discussion.  Barry Bowman is Professor Emeritus of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCSC

2102 Misssion to Our Origins                              

When: Wednesdays, Feb 16, 23    10:30 – 12:00 pm
Where: Zoom online
Instructor: Roger Knacke

This course will review two recently launched space missions.  LUCY is a spacecraft traveling to asteroids in Jupiter"s orbit, which are believed to be pristine objects from the time when the Earth and Solar System formed.  The James Webb Space Telescope will follow the Hubble Space Telescope and will observe the first stars and galaxies to form in the Universe more than 13 billion years ago. 


     February 16:  The LUCY Mission to the Trojan Asteroids
     February 23:  The James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Knacke is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Penn State, Erie, where he retired as 
Director of the School of Science in 2010.  His research focussed on interstellar matter and planetary atmosphere. He has  taught eight outstanding courses for OLLI.

2103  Santa Cruz Shakespeare                             

When: Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29     10:30 – 12:00 pm
Where: Zoom online
Instructor: Michael Warren

Michael, a very knowledgable and entertaining Shakespeare scholar will discuss with us the two plays that Santa Cruz Shakespeare will be presenting next Summer, Twelfth Night  and The Tempest.  

The texts for this series of five lectures will be two great plays that will probably be familiar to local audiences:  Twelfth Night and The Tempest

Twelfth Night is the last of Shakespeare’s “romantic” comedies.  It involves familiar comic elements like a pair of twins, cross-dressing, and mistaken identity.  However, it is also a subtle and moving exploration of the complexities of love and desire and of the relation of personal pleasure to social responsibility.  And much of it expressed in some of Shakespeare’s greatest lyric verse.

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s last plays, a theatrical work unlike anything that he had created before.   Set on an imaginary Mediterranean island, it blends a shipwreck,  revenge, political intrigue, magic, young love, low comedy, fantastic beings, and music and dance to create a philosophical extravaganza that explores the nature of humankind.  And again, there is great poetry. 

For the first class please read Twelfth Night to the end of Act 3.

If you wish to purchase editions of the plays that are both responsibly annotated and inexpensive, I recommend either the Pelican or Folger series.  One can access the Folger texts online for free at <>, but they are without notes. 

Professor Warren is Emeritus Profess of Literature at UCSC and Textual Consultant and Dramaturge to Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Online Courses:The OLLI Board has decided that there will be no fees for our classes during the pandemic.  

For future online courses:   We will open enrollment to all members... via email. First a message will go out informing all members of the upcoming course (title, date, time, instructor, description). 

Then, a week before the each class begins another email will remind members. Finally, on the day before or in the morning before the class begins (depends on timing), another email will go out to members with the actual Zoom link. 

There is no registration required for online courses.

  • OLLI is not charging for these zoom classes, but we hope many of you will appreciate these classes so much that you will choose to make a contribution to our scholarship fund when you renew your membership. At this time, there are many UCSC re-entry students needing our help.