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Expand Your Summer Horizons at OLLI!


Summer Registration is open here at OLLI and we have courses and workshops to fit your schedule and interests! Ranging from politics to science to food and beyond, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine provides learning opportunities for online and in-person this 2022 summer.

Take a peek at a few of our courses available below



Food: The Secret Sauce of History

Taught by Sandra Garson

Course Schedule: THU, 6/23 – 7/28 • 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. • $50

Course Description: Most history can be explained as the need to eat. America was “discovered” in the search for fish for Lent; Rome needed to conquer lands to have enough food for its citizens; Britain provoked war with China to get cheaper tea, and banana republics! So those seemingly ordinary ingredients in your pantry — tea, salt, spaghetti, cinnamon — are the reason the world is what it now is. We’re going to examine how food controls world affairs and how it’s the root cause of history. Repeat course. Course format will include online lectures and discussions.

Growing Friendships

Taught by Joan Chadbourne

Course Schedule: THU, 6/23 – 7/28 • 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. • $50

Course Description: Research shows that friendships enrich and lengthen lives. Together we will explore nurturing long-haul friendships and cultivating new ones. What do we invest and receive in our preferred friendships? How do we foster and support connections? The class is interactive, supportive, and fun. We will explore friendship from a consciousness, biological, psychological, and social perspective. Course format will include online discussion.

The Sixties through the Great Speeches of the Sixties

Taught by Buck Benedict

Course Schedule: MON, 6/27 – 8/8 • 12:45 – 2:45 P.M. • $50

Course Description: The sixties were a time of tragedy, but also triumph, of marching for human rights and against the war in Vietnam. This is an opportunity to re-visit this seminal decade in American history (and our lives) through an examination of some of the better speeches of the Sixties. These include well-known speeches by the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Lyndon Johnson, and Malcolm X, but also lesser-known, but no less powerful ones by Fannie Lou Hamer, Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, and many others. Repeat course. Course format will include online presentations and discussions.

This course is taught by Buck Benedict, who is the faulty spotlight in our course catalog currently, make sure to check out his mini-interview on page 17 and read more about his course on page 16.


To Register

Please complete our Registration Form and email it to

Be sure to:

  • Mention the name of the senior college you are associated with.

  • Select alternate courses and/or workshops as we cannot guarantee your desired course will have open seats when MSCN registration begins.

Email or call 207-780-4406 if you have any questions.

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