Lia Clarkson of OLLI's UT FORUM
Lia Clarkson

Lia Clarkson finds lifeline through OLLI


“UT FORUM™ offered me a special lifeline at a time when I was having trouble finding my way from one day to the next. After four years of being the primary caregiver for my beloved husband who was terminally ill, I could hardly discuss any subject beyond cancer or the weather. I had forgotten that a world even existed outside the Golf Channel. Joining FORUM offered me much more than a place to be on Fridays. It introduced me to delicious ideas from the best and brightest that UT and the Austin community had to offer. It showed me the true nature of luxury—the luxury of Learning, sitting in a room with scholars sharing what they had spent a lifetime studying, bringing even the most esoteric concept down to my level. All I had to do was sit and listen. Better still, I had 350 new best friends to share the excitement with me.” - Lia Clarkson

At UT Austin, five distinct programs make up the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): UT LAMP™, UT SAGE™, UT QUEST™, UT FORUM™ and the newest group UT NOVA™. Lia Clarkson is one of 335 members of OLLI’s UT FORUM. UT FORUM offers a wide range of learning opportunities covering such topics as art, music, religion, literature, history, science, technology and current events. Recent seminars and lectures have included "Foundations of American Foreign Policy," "Outsourcing the U.S. Economy," "Limericks: Five Lines and a Laugh," and "Digital Photography."

Each OLLI program consists of three, six-week sessions in the fall, winter and spring and meet at the Thompson Conference Center on the university campus. Members of OLLI enjoy leadership opportunities when they volunteer to serve on program committees to help plan the curriculum, social events, field trips and special interest groups.

For more information about UT FORUM or any of the OLLI programs, visit the OLLI Web site or call 512-471-3124.


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