As a UT OLLI FORUM member, an illustration of the weekly schedule is provided in the chart above. You will have the choice: for both in-person or ‘select’ livestreamed classes each Friday while in session. The rest of the week you will have 8 optional livestreamed classes that can also be joined with registration. Livestreamed classes will be recorded and posted on the OLLI Homepage for on-demand viewing.
UT OLLI FORUM is a non-profit, member-directed program for seasoned adults who enjoy lifelong learning in a college environment, on-campus or online. 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 (six sessions on a single theme/subject) and lectures (single session topics) are planned and directed by volunteer committees of UT OLLI FORUM members with the support of UT OLLI program staff.
We learn from UT Austin professors and researchers, top local experts in their fields, entrepreneurs, and other top local talents from Austin’s vibrant and thriving institutions.
FORUM meets for 6-week sessions each term for three terms each year, during the period September to May. There are two choices to enjoy FORUM: first is an option to attend two to three 6-week sessions each year that meet on Fridays from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM from September to May on the UT Austin campus.
The second choice is to join live online content, Monday through Thursday when two sessions per day will be offered to FORUM members by its four sister groups.
Each session, the Seminar Committee works to create six seminars 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.
Friday Seminars Schedule
- 9:30 AM – The first seminar begins
- 11:00 AM – The second seminar begins
Seminar instructors include UT Austin 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 Skies: Astronomy Today
- Shakespeare’s Infinite Variety
- Reel Horror – The History of Horror from Dracula to Get Out
- What's Up Doc? Perspectives on Medicine Today and Tomorrow
Lectures are conducted in the afternoon from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM and are open to all members. Lecture topics explore the range of UT OLLI FORUM’S six areas of interest such as science, literature, history, politics, the Arts, and culture. The Lecture Committee recently produced:
- The Surprising and Unsurprising 2020 Election—The Bigger Picture
- Space Exploration: Public, Public-Private, and Plural-Competition
- Austin: Hip, Innovative and Aging
- Building the Beloved Community: The Struggle for Black Dignity and Citizenship
Social activities in the FORUM community
FORUM members enjoy stimulating social interaction as much as they do intellectual stimulation.
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-FORUM group. The dinner groups meet in the north, central, and south Austin areas to make it convenient for everyone.
UT OLLI FORUM membership fees are paid annually and include all costs and assessments except for optional excursions and social functions.
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.
A cellist from the university's Butler School of Music perform live in the classroom for UT OLLI FORUM members.