Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Special Events

OLLI offers some special events above and beyond courses and lectures.  **Registrations are taken online by visiting our Online Registration Website and after signing in, clicking on 'Special Events' under 'Osher Lifelong Learning Institute' on the left hand side.  Once there, be sure to click on the DATE of the event, then 'Add to Cart'.**

Current special events listed below (if nothing is listed, then OLLI is currently not running any special events).

Wrinkle in Time — Perspectives on Racism

March 4th and 5th

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Room 102 Wishcamper


One would have thought by this point in American history that racism would have been eliminated, that our multicultural and democratic society had addressed and resolved this problem. How is it that this barrier and burden continues to confound our social relationships and politics with such insistence?

This is the topic that the Education Committee and others selected for the OLLI spring educational program—“Wrinkle in Time”—to align with USM’s common read: How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi. The book is available from OLLI’s office, 210 Wishcamper building, for free, to to all “Wrinkle in Time” registrants; subsequently, our remaining stock will be free to any OLLI member. While we encourage you to read the book, it is not required for attendance at the “Wrinkle in Time” event.

We have assembled an engaging set of speakers and topics for this two-day symposium that seeks to empower OLLI learners to engage with and to think critically about the world around them. The program is designed to develop a more complex understanding of the American experience through the eyes of others and learn about how race intersects with much of our history and culture. Through these presentations, attendees will develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the history and the perspectives of the many communities of color that make up America.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this endeavor, speakers and presentations will take different forms as we learn and work together to understand the historic struggle against racism, discrimination, and oppression and examine the systems that continue to perpetuate inequality. Speakers include Glenn Cummings, the president of USM; Draper Hunt, Susie Bock, and several other OLLI faculty; former and current USM faculty, staff, and students. Topics will include discussions and presentations that illustrate and explicate the histories of people who have been resilient to racism in the course of the American story.


Please join us on March 4th and 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 102 Wishcamper, as we learn together how to tackle one of the most enduring issues of our country. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. The cost for the symposium is $80.00.

Online registration for this symposium will be open on February 4, and call-in registration will be available on February 11. Please sign up early, as space will be limited.