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One Time Program or Speaker

Posted on May 16th, 2008 by Fran Myers, OLLI National Resource Center

Steve Benson, University of Minnesota asks:
Our OLLI is considering working with a U of M department to bring a speaker to campus - this might be a one time talk or possibly a short course for OLLI members.
If your OLLI has such a program, please let us know how it works, costs and pluses and pitfalls.

2 Responses to “One Time Program or Speaker”

  1. We haven’t done it yet but are thinking about it as a possibility for next year as well.

    I think of the advantages as a wider audience, reaching more people and having more people recognize OLLI as a contributor to campus life in more ways, and possibly more “hands” in doing the program planning and implementation.

    On the other hand, there is more coordination needed when working with other departments and doing something like this for the first time is sure to have lessons learned associated with it.

  2. We do this all the time; it’s a key feature of our overall program. This fall we have 5 such programs. Collaboration with university departments is something we try to always have going, and this semester we have three such collaborative programs, 2 in mini courses and 1 in a 1-time lecture. If you’re asking about bringing in a big name speaker and spending big $$$, we haven’t done that but have been thinking about possible partnering with others on campus to do that.

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