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A question about course structure & using the New Yorker magazine

Posted on April 28th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

John Greenwood, OLLI at California State University, Fullerton Asks OLLI:

I am the coordinator of a new course in which we will discuss articles in The New Yorker magazine. I know that similar programs have been successful at other OLLIs. Can anyone provide me with some guidance regarding how to structure such a course? Our OLLI classes are usually for two hours every other week. It would be helpful to know which other OLLIs have presented programs using The New Yorker as their text.

2 Responses to “A question about course structure & using the New Yorker magazine”


  1. Hi John, We have a New Yorker Fiction Group. They have been successfully been running for years. Please write to me directly and I will connect you, via email, with the two people who “coordinate” their activities. They are a very happy group. Sharon sokoloff@brandeis.edu


  2. Hi, John: We just finished our first iteration of “The New Yorker: The Best Magazine in the World?” after I had learned about the huge success of a many-year version presented at the Renesan LLI program in Santa Fe (not an OLLI, but an independent 500+member organization that actually makes money and pays their presenters!). Send me your email, I’ll share the Renesan information, which is what got us started. It was great fun and well received. For each session, the class picked three different-type pieces (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, review), and then one of the participants was supposed to guide the discussion on one of the choices. Once people got started, we often got off track (which didn’t seem to hurt the overall discussions). Oh, yeah, you mustlook at the cartoons! Virginia (virginia.martin@granite.edu)

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