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We offer fall, spring and summer courses at various locations across Stillwater. Topics change each semester and range from art, history, culture, cinema, cuisine and more.
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Stillwater Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Course registration open now.

 

  • Artist Demonstration:  Traditional Egg Tempura Painting

    Friday, 1:30-3p | 1wk | 9/9

    Format: Demonstration
    Instructor: Carolyn Cárdenas, Artist

    Location: OSU Museum of Art
    Important Info: Free

     

    During this single-session artist talk, Carolyn Cárdenas will run through the complex process involved in preparing materials for traditional egg tempera painting before demonstrating the basics of the art form. Dating back to the ancient world, tempera painting practices saw a significant revival in the 20th century and continues to be popular with painters today. Participants are welcome to arrive early to visit the exhibition before the artist talk. Funding for this program is provided in part by grants from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as well as generous donations made by our OSUMA Art Advocates.

  • The Films of Sidney Poitier: Creation of a Legend

    Mondays, 1:30-4p | 6wks | 9/19-10/24

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Dr. Vickie Sturgeon, Retired Film Studies Professor

    Location: Primrose
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    Join us as we celebrate this distinguished actor. Poitier’s charisma, strength and humanity overcame many obstacles on a successful path through Hollywood. We’ll watch his early work in “No Way Out” (1950) and “The Defiant Ones” (1958); significant films “In the Heat of the Night” (1967) and 
    “Raisin in the Sun” (1961); the popular “To Sir with Love” (1967); and the delightful “Lilies of the Field” (1963). Excerpts from “Cry, My Beloved Country” (1951); “Blackboard Jungle” (1955); “Edge of the City” (1957); “Porgy and Bess” (1959); and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967) round out our class list.

  • Call of the Wild

    Tuesdays, 1:30-4p | 6wks | 9/20-10/25

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Various

    Location: Stillwater Public Library
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    In this series of presentations, we’ll hear from wildlife professionals from around the state including an entomologist, an OSU Extension Wildlife Specialist and leaders from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Topics will cover birding by a representative from our local Audubon Society; how the state manages fish and wildlife without receiving any general state tax appropriations; how wildlife issues are addressed by OSU faculty and graduate students through research projects that help better manage wildlife species across the state and region; and a visit to Insect Adventure, OSU’s insect “petting zoo.”

  • Great Stories from Classic French Cinema

    Wednesdays, 1:30-4p | 6wks | 9/21-10/26

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Dr. Vickie Sturgeon, Retired Film Studies Professor

    Location: Legacy Village

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    This series of acclaimed films shares captivating, poignant stories—some of the best to be found in cinema. In “Jean de Florette (Son of Florette)” and its sequel “Manon of the Springs” (both 1986), basic elements of human character and family history are exposed in a struggle for water rights in Provence. In “My Father’s Glory” and its sequel “My Mother’s Castle” (both 1990), a boy’s charming coming of age tale is balanced with whimsical adventures and life lessons. “In The Two of Us” (1967), a boy leaves WWII Paris to live with an elderly farmer in the French countryside. In “Fanny” (1961), we’ll watch an intriguing romance set in the colorful port of Marseille.

  • Oklahoma Women Who Were Pioneers  in Their Fields

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 9/21-10/12

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Carol Schmitz, Educator and Historian

    Location: Legacy Village

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. A list of additional readings will be provided.

     

    If you’ve been around Oklahoma long enough, some names may sound familiar: Angie Debo, Kate Barnard, Wilma Mankiller, Wally Funk. These women were pioneers in their fields. How about Alice Robertson, Paula Loop or Lucretia Haines? All these women had engaged, passionate lives and took their chosen fields in new directions. Let’s take a closer look at each of these fascinating women. We’ll contextualize their achievements by looking at their field at the time they entered it and then devote attention to their individual impact on areas such as social work, governance, commerce, aviation and more.

  • Cognitive Stimulation Program: Train Your Brain

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10a-12p | 8wks | 9/20-11/10

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Dr. Sabiha Parveen, CCC – SLP Associate Professor | OSU Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Location: Payne Co. Health Dept.

    Important Info: $35 members (both levels). $100 non-members (includes OLLI membership)

     

    This unique course provides an opportunity for OLLI members to play games and get brain exercise while contributing to valuable research by OSU faculty and PhD candidates. Those signed up receive a baseline test the first week followed by twice-weekly group classes. The classes will include brain training activities such as attention, memory, orientation, problem-solving and reasoning through games similar to The Price is Right and Famous Faces. The course ends with follow-up assessments. Hearing screenings are also available through this program. Join in on this fun, social and helpful program.

  • Town Hall Meetings | Free to attend

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 8wks | 9/20-11/8

    Location: Stillwater Public Library 1107 South Duck

     

    Sept. 20 l Obesity, Diabetes and Aging
    Dr. Yoo Kim
    Assistant Professor | OSU Nutritional Sciences

     

    Dr. Yoo Kim’s research focuses on how to delay aging and age-associated diseases through dietary interventions. 

     

    Sept. 27 l Building Family Resilience
    Dr. Brooke Tuttle | Director | Center for Family Resilience, OSU Human Development and Family Science

    Haley Hall | OSU PhD student | PAX Tools Trainer

     

    The OSU Center for Family Resilience is a university and community resource that engages translational science initiatives to promote resilience for individuals, families and communities in Oklahoma. Dr. Tuttle will highlight recent work in areas of school-based prevention, youth mental and behavioral health and parenting workshops to promote resilience in children.

     

    Oct. 4 l The State of the City
    Norman McNickle
    Stillwater City Manager

     

    This session will start at 10:30 a.m. and City Manager Norman McNickle will give an update on Stillwater, with time for your questions. 

     

    Oct. 11 l Meet the New Salvation Army Officer
    Lt. Risa Robinson
    Salvation Army of Stillwater

     

    Lt. Risa Robinson has recently moved from Arkansas into the position of Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army of Stillwater. She will discuss her new role and vision for the organization. 

     

    Oct. 18 l Our New EECE Associate Dean
    Dr. Gina Peek
    Associate Dean of Extension Engagement and Continuing Education, Assistant Director of OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences

     

    Dr. Gina Peek serves in the dual role of College of Education and Human Sciences Associate Dean of Extension, Engagement and Continuing Education (where OLLI lives) and Assistant Director of OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences. Dr. Peek will talk about her new role, her vision for EECE and how OLLI fits into it.

     

    Oct. 25 l Starts Local, Goes Global
    Andrew Ranson 
    Director | Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development at OSU

     

    The Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development trains students and advises and supports entrepreneurs and businesses in doing business with the world, opening up international markets in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe to products born and bred in Oklahoma, by Oklahomans.

     

    Nov. 1 l Meet the Dean of Agriculture
    Dr. Thomas Coon
    Vice President and Dean | Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

     

    Dr. Thomas Coon provides leadership for the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the university’s two state agencies—OSU Extension and OSU Ag Research. He serves as chief OSU administrator for more than 200 faculty, 300 Extension staff and 300 support and administrative staff both on campus and across the state. 

     

    Nov. 8 l The Original Machine Gun Kelly
    Leigh Dudley
    Executive Director | Federal Judicial Learning Center and Museum 

     

    In 1933, Machine Gun Kelly and others kidnapped and held for ransom Charles Urschel, a wealthy Oklahoma oil man. Hear how the crime was solved and the historic trial that shook the nation and helped define Oklahoma judicial history.

  • Drawing

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 9/21-10/12

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Tandi Memmott, Artist

    Location: Art on 6th

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Supply list provided upon registration. Max 12 students.

     

    We will experiment with different drawing media, including pencil, charcoal and pen and ink wash. We will draw from both still life and photo references. Feel free to bring your own photos for subject matter. This class is good for both beginners and those with drawing experience.

  • Let’s Write: Sharing Your Story

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 6wks | 10/6-11/10

    Format: Participation

    Instructor: Margaret Potter, Writer

    Location: Legacy Village

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25.

     

    In this writing class, we’ll focus on everyday life and how to recognize the richness in our own backyards. We’ll look to well-known memoirs, fiction, plays and even scenes from movies to learn methods of sharing the everyday. We’ll mine journals, family trees, letters, episodes from our own lives, short stories and more as we craft and share our own stories. Your trip down memory lane coupled with writing techniques will make writing more fun and appealing to your readers.

  • Walking Tour: Public Art on Campus Part 3

    Friday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 10/7

    Format: Walking Tour

    Instructor: Christina Elliott, Associate Curator of Education, OSU Museum of Art

    Location: OSU Campus

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $10.

     

    Join the next leg of the outdoor, public artworks tour on the OSU Stillwater campus hosted by the OSU Museum of Art. Part of an ongoing series, this tour will feature a different selection of sculptures than earlier tours. Previous tour attendance is not necessary to enjoy this one. We will follow a one-mile loop that is wheelchair-accessible. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring mobility aids or hearing devices, if needed.

  • Drug Trafficking and the War on Drugs

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 10/17-11/7

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Dr. Marten Brienen, Associate Professor, OSU School of Global Studies

    Location: Stillwater Public Library

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25.

     

    In this course, we will examine the International Drug Trade and the dynamics of the U.S.-led War on Drugs. We will explore the development of U.S. drug policy after 1969 and the impact both at home and abroad of the “crack epidemic,” the end of the Cold War and Sept. 11. We also will investigate the emergence of increasingly sophisticated Drug Trafficking Networks, analyze the economics of the drug trade versus the cost of efforts to suppress that trade and discuss the importance of U.S. drug policy in international relations.

  • Exploring Soft Pastels

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 10/19-11/9

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Tandi Memmott, Artist

    Location: Art on 6th

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Supply list provided upon registration. Max 12 students.

     

    We’ll examine the wonderful world of soft pastels by working on sanded paper while learning techniques such as painting, blending, mark-making and underpainting using denatured alcohol. We’ll also practice our drawing skills using still life and photo references as subjects. If you have good photos you want to use for reference, please bring them.

  • Let’s Make: A Ceramic Pumpkin

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p | 2wks | 10/20 and 10/27

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Missy Hitch, Artist

    Location: Prairie Arts Center

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $10. Supply fee: $30. Max 12 students.

     

    Get your hands in the clay and create your own ceramic pumpkin just in time for pumpkin season. The first week will consist of hand-building your fall gourd. No experience is needed. The instructor will then bisque fire your creations, so they’ll be ready for your personal touch with either acrylic or watercolor paints at the next class meeting.

  • Let’s Make: Holiday Ornaments

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p | 2wks | 12/6 and 12/13

    Format: Hands-on

    Instructor: Missy Hitch, Artist

    Location: Prairie Arts Center

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $10. Supply fee: $30. Max 12 students.

     

    Create and customize your own ceramic ornament just in time for the holidays. In the first class, you will hand-build an ornament with clay. No experience is needed. The instructor will then bisque fire your creations, so they’ll be ready for the second week when you will customize them with either acrylic or watercolor paints.

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