Go “Back to School” with CIE, Part 2


Continuing and Innovative Education presents a number of new courses, programs and services to greet both traditional and non-traditional students in fall 2010. So much in fact, that it takes three parts to cover it all. In part one, we previewed what's in store from the K-16 Education Center, University Extension and the Professional Development Center. In part two, we take a look at the Thompson Conference Center.

For fall 2010, the Thompson Conference Center continues its popular Life Enrichment programs: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Odyssey and Road Scholar. Here’s what’s new:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers a wealth of lectures, seminars, field trips, social events and special interest groups to lifelong learners in the Austin metropolitan area. Five distinct programs make up OLLI at the university: UT LAMP™, UT SAGE™, UT QUEST™, UT FORUM™, and the newest group UT NOVA™. Each group has its own membership, leadership and meeting schedule.

    Currently there are openings in two of the OLLI groups: UT LAMP and UT NOVA. Past OLLI seminars and lectures have included:

    • “Rewriting the History of Vietnam”
    • “The Life and Works of Michelangelo”
    • “World Religions in Comparative Perspective”
    • “Stem Cell Research”
    • “Pioneer Farms: Resuscitating Living History”

    Visit the OLLI Web site to find out more about this program. Join today to take advantage of all of OLLI’s rich offerings for fall.

  • Taking a personal enrichment course in the Odyssey program is one of the things that make living in Austin great. Odyssey is a noncredit program with open enrollment to anyone in the community with a desire to know more. Odyssey features short courses and lectures on history, literature, science, the arts and more. For fall, the lineup includes the following courses. Look to this blog for future announcements on additional course titles and registration information.

    • “Modern Genetics – How Our DNA Effects Our Daily Lives” – In this course, take part in a discussion on genetics, how our genes affect our health, and how our behaviors affect our genes.
    • “Word for Word: the UT Speaker Series” - This 6-part lecture series connects Odyssey participants with UT Austin professors who speak about a favorite topic from their research and teaching. This fall, the series includes “From Here to Eternity: A Short History of the Universe,” “Cutting Through the Fog of Political Rhetoric,” “Ludwig van Beethoven: His Music and His Life,” and “Is God Possible?”
    • “Communication Disorders in History, Literature and Popular Culture” – This course explores communication disorders such as stuttering, autism and hearing impairment and then reviews the sources of stereotyping around them.
    • “20 Great Photographs and What Makes Them Great” – This course closely examines the content and context of 20 important images that have had significant cultural and social impact.

  • Road Scholar is a national education and travel organization offering adult learners opportunities to travel while learning about history, nature, music, art and much more. CIE has hosted Road Scholar at the university for 20 years. Last year, 1,700 learners took part in a Road Scholar course through CIE. This fall, scheduled offerings include:

In part 3, we’ll preview what’s new from PETEX.


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