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OLLI at UNC Asheville College for Seniors Spring Term Registration is Now Open

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The College for Seniors at UNC Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), offering 96 courses for the spring 2017 term, is now open for online registration.

Course topics range from hobbies, skills, health and fitness, to the arts and culture, and other courses offering serious academic exploration in the sciences and humanities. There are no tests, grades or credits. Most classes meet at the Reuter Center on UNC Asheville’s campus. Course descriptions and dates are posted online at

Some courses lead participants in navigating local forests, while others help with navigating Windows 10 and Android operating systems, and foreign languages like Spanish and French. Film and music history are popular topics in the College for Seniors, along with classes in local architecture, creative writing, yoga and other forms of exercise.

Renowned instructors this spring will include philosophy scholar and author Ron Manheimer and UNC Asheville Professor Keya Maitra, chair of the Department of Philosophy, who will teach How to Think Like a Philosopher. UNC Asheville Professor of Physics Michael Ruiz offers one of the most popular courses on campus for seniors and undergraduates alike – The Physics of Sound and Music. Five different instructors, including OLLI Executive Director Catherine Frank, will teach A Change is Gonna Come: The Civil Rights Movement and American Culture.

Spring classes will be held weekly, and range in duration from five to eight weeks, beginning Monday, March 20. The spring term course fee is $115 for an unlimited number of courses taught and taken by members of OLLI. Membership in OLLI is $70 annually and includes parking, borrowing privileges at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library and other benefits.

For OLLI membership and College for Seniors course information and registration, visit or call Herb Gunn at 828.251.6873.