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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (OLLI at UNL) offers exciting and intellectually challenging curriculum to seasoned adults. A whopping 55 courses and events will be offered during OLLI’s upcoming term, thanks to the hard work of the OLLI Curriculum Committee and its cadre of volunteers. Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 15, with courses starting Monday, Jan 28.

Several events are free and open to the public. However, membership is required for most courses. A mid-year membership is $50, valid through July.

Open house Sunday

Learn about OLLI activities during an open house from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. Bring a friend, stop by and join or renew your membership. The event is free and open to the public.

Choices aplenty

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store during the weeks ahead:

Mondays - “America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Immigration and Migration” is the title of a six-session series that meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 28. Popular lecturer Thomas Berg, a history professor at UNL, leads this look at the history, emotions, legislation and attitudes of immigration to America as well as its companion, migration within the nation.

Thursdays – “Tales from the Silicon Prairie” is a four-session course meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 31. Representatives from Hudl, the UNL College of Law, Quantified AG and the Bryan Telemedicine Health Team will discuss how technology businesses are changing Nebraska’s economy and creating a new vision.

Thursdays – “Packing and Cracking: The Process of Gerrymandering” will be studied during a four-part series meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Feb. 14. Steven Dunbar, math professor emeritus at UNL, and Kristin Pfabe, math professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will examine the mechanics and politics of redistricting and highlight how pivotal court cases have shaped its trajectory.

Fridays – “Great Decisions 2019” will discuss major foreign policy issues facing the United States. The six sessions meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 1. The class uses videos, class discussions led by OLLI member Marvin Almy, and a briefing book prepared by the Foreign Policy Association and PBS. Commentators and authors will include foreign policy experts, government officials and journalists.

Winter Lecture Series

The 2019 Winter Lecture Series, titled “The Korean Peninsula: Past, Present and Future,” is a collection of lectures that are free and open to the public, meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. six consecutive Sundays beginning Feb. 10 at the Lincoln Unitarian Church, 6000 A St.

Guest speakers will be: Parks Coble, history professor at UNL; Thomas Berg, history professor/lecturer at UNL; Christopher Robert Hill, American ambassador to Iraq; Nan Kim, associate history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Steven Wills, history professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University; and Bruce Cumings, history professor at the University of Chicago.

The series is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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Radio Active Players plan Carol Burnett Classics

The 12th production of the OLLI/Lincoln Community Playhouse Radio Active Players senior theater troupe promises side-splitting laughter – and no singing, which just might boost the audition turnout.

Kim Osmond, events coordinator for OLLI at UNL for the past half-dozen years and a big fan of classy comedian Carol Burnett, has added “production director” to the number of hats she wears at OLLI. “Carol Burnett Classics” will be staged April 4-6 at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, 2500 S. 56th St.

Osmond has been a performer and behind-the-scenes theater worker since her high school days. She’s excited to lead a production with seven skits ranging from movie parodies to lampoons of modern society. Many roles are available for men and women. Adults age 50 and older are welcome to audition. Auditions are open to the community.

“Some who performed in the early days of our radio theater readings have not tried out in recent years because of the focus on singing,” Osmond observed. “We’re hoping for a strong turnout for auditions.” Auditions are Feb. 4 and 6, 1-3 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Tickets for the shows are $5 per person and may be purchased beginning March 25 at or weekdays at the box office between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more details, check out or call 402-472-6265.


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