UT OLLI FORUM

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UT OLLI FORUM

Our Members

UT OLLI FORUM is a member-directed program comprised of members who enjoy lifelong learning on the UT Austin campus. The diverse backgrounds and varied life experiences that our members bring from their professions, travel, volunteer work and communities enrich our program offerings, discussions and friendships. Our seminars and lectures are planned and directed by volunteer committees of UT OLLI FORUM members with the support of UT OLLI program staff.

Curriculum

UT OLLI FORUM offers three six-week sessions each year that meet on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-2:15p.m. from September to May.

Seminars

The Seminar Committee works to create six seminars each session drawn from member interests. During registration, members sign up for in-depth seminars on such diverse subjects as:history, religion, health, science and public affairs. Each member is asked to indicate their first, second and third choice for each session.

Friday Seminars Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. – First seminar begins
  • 11 a.m. – Second seminar begins

Seminar instructors include UT faculty, scholars and local experts offering in-depth knowledge and expertise in a broad range of subject areas. Recent seminar topics have included:

  • Exploring the Earth and Cosmos: a Study of Western Civilization
  • Let’s Talk Movies; From Page to Screen
  • UT Museums -- Tours
  • Mobile, Cloud & Social; Embracing Useful Technologies

Lectures

Lectures are conducted in the afternoon from 1-2:15 p.m. and are open to all members. Lecture topics explore the range of UT OLLI FORUM’S six areas of interest. The Lecture Committee recently produced:

  • The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment
  • Marketing to Millennials
  • Everybody Gets an A
  • “Song to the Moon”: A Chamber Music Performance

Extras

All extracurricular activities are optional and require an additional, though nominal, cost.

Events

Under the banner “More Than Just a Classroom Experience,” members gather at a variety of social activities throughout the year. Tours, field trips and shows are open to all for a nominal cost. An end-of-session social is scheduled every six weeks as a way to thank our Seminar and Lecture Speakers and the UT OLLI program staff. Events over the years have included:

  • A field trip to San Antonio focusing on the King William District
  • An evening at Esther’s Follies
  • A field trip to Longhorn Caverns and Enchanted Rock
  • A tour of Austin City Limits

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A variety of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) exists for all. The groups, which meet off-campus, reflect member’s interests and include book groups, dinner groups and the Wine after UT OLLI FORUM group. The dinner groups meet in the north, central and south Austin areas to make it convenient for everyone.

Additional Information

UT OLLI FORUM membership fees are paid annually and include all costs and assessments with the exception of optional excursions and social functions.

UT FORUM members

Members gather to celebrate UT OLLI FORUM’s 10th Anniversary at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

UT OLLI FORUM members gather after climbing Enchanted Rock during the field trip to Longhorn Caverns and Enchanted Rock.

People listening to cellist play

A cellist from the university's Butler School of Music perform live in the classroom for UT OLLI FORUM members.