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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 2021 Course Offerings

Format options include in person and live telecast.


  • We Are What We Eat: A History of Food

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 8 Weeks | 9/20-11/8

    Format: Stillwater, In Person
    Instructor: Dr. Marten Brienen, OSU faculty School of Global Studies and Partnerships & Dr. Bailey Norwood, OSU Agricultural Economics

    Location: Stillwater Community Center
    Important Info: Suggestions for further reading will be provided throughout the course.


    Using the adage “you are what you eat,” we’ll examine human history and society through the lens of food. We’ll discover how food has shaped society, the effect of agriculture on evolution, how trade and migration influenced what we eat, the food’s role in class differences, pastoralism’s impact on culture differences and more.

  • Yoga Paths to Divine

    Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-3p | 6 Weeks | 9/20-10/27

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Dr. Haridas Heitz, Associate Professor, OSU Department of Philosophy

    Location: Stillwater Community Center

    Important Info: Recommended text: The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran. ISBN-13 : 978-1586380199


    When you hear the word “yoga,” you may think of a stretching class at the local gym, but it means far more than that in the Hindu traditions of India. Explore the different paths of yoga as they are presented in the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text thought to be from 100-500 BCE. We’ll learn both the theory behind the practices and how they are performed.

  • Town Hall

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 8 Weeks | 9/21-11/9

    Format: Free, Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Various

    Location: Stillwater Public Library


    Join us to hear from various speakers on timely topics. Full list of presenters on registration page.

  • Culture and Language Workshop: Chinese (and East Asia)

    Tuesdays, 1-3p | 4 Weeks | 9/21-10/12

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Yi-Ying (Joyce) Crawford, First Generation Asian-American

    Location: Stillwater Public Library

    Important Info: Supply list provided upon registration.


    This workshop provides a unique cultural experience that includes not only the basics of the Chinese language (reading, speaking and writing), but also festivals, crafts, foods and traditions. We’ll also discuss issues facing the community of Asian-Americans and those of Asian descent.

  • What Every American Should Know About the European Union

    Tuesdays, 1-3p | 4 Weeks | 10/19-11/9

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Dr. Jerry Croft, OSU Professor Emeritus, Geography

    Location: Stillwater Public Library

    This unique political organization has developed wide-ranging cooperation in markets and laws. You’ll examine the European Union (EU) from the perspective of a geographer; survey selected member countries and some of the issues they face; and learn how certain elements such as religion, climate, gross national product and topography determine the future progress and viability of the EU.

  • Intro to Watercolors

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4 Weeks | 9/22-10/13

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Tandi Memmot, Artist

    Location: Art on 6th
    Important Info: Supply list provided upon registration.


    Come learn the basics of painting with watercolor. We’ll discover techniques such as creating washes, working wet into wet and wet on dry to produce desired results. We’ll experiment with masking fluid, salt, plastic wrap, etc., to create different effects. Some basic drawing skills are helpful but not required.

  • Sharing Your Story

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 6 Weeks | 9/22-10/27

    Format: Stillwater, In person

    Instructor: Margaret Potter, Author & Teacher

    Location: Legacy Village


    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.

  • Grand Dames of Cinema

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 8 Weeks | 9/22-11/10

    Format: Stillwater, In person

    Instructor: Dr. Vickie Sturgeon, Retired Film Studies Professor

    Location: Legacy Village


    Join us on this delightful tour of movies starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren. We’ll explore their classic roles and recent performances: Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and The Lady in the Van (2015); Dench in Mrs. Brown (1997) and Victoria and Abdul (2017); and Mirren in Elizabeth I (2005) and The Good Liar (2019). 

  • Exploring Soft Pastels

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4 Weeks | 10/20-11/10

    Format: Stillwater, In person

    Instructor: Tandi Memmot, Artist

    Location: Art on 6th

    Important Info: Supply list provided upon registration.


    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 reference as subjects. If you have good photos you want to use for reference, please bring them.

  • Medicare 101

    Thursdays, 1-3p | 3 Weeks | 9/23-10/7

    Format: Free, Stillwater, In person

    Instructor: Paige Scheuerman, Outreach Coordinator, Medicare Assistance Program, Oklahoma Insurance Department

    Location: Legacy Village


    In this comprehensive review, you’ll find everything (and we mean everything) you need to know about the Medicare Program. Paige Scheuerman will provide you with complete and accurate information on Parts A, B, C and D, Medigap Policies, eligibility, enrollment and more. For more details, see the description in our online catalog.

  • Women of WWII

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 4 Weeks | 9/30-10/21

    Format: Stillwater, Telecast

    Instructor: Dr. Denise Neil, Executive Director, 45th Infantry Museum

    Location: Legacy Village


    Women's contributions during World War II were unprecedented. The Allied Forces could not have defeated the Axis Powers without the contributions of women on the home front, in factories and in the military. We’ll focus on the roles women played in the U.S. from the bombing of Pearl Harbor until the end of the war.

  • Aging in Place: There's No Place Like Home

    Thursday, 1-3p | 1 Week | 10/21

    Format: FREE, Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Brooke Kimmel, Health Back Home Health

    Location: Legacy Village


    Aging well and comfortably at home doesn't happen without planning. Home health, home care and other community resources abound, and you can learn to advocate for yourself or a loved one so that you benefit from the many support options available. Empower yourself to choose the best care to fit your needs and to maintain home independence for as long as possible.

  • Free Family History

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 4 Weeks | 10/21-11/11

    Format: Stillwater, Telecast

    Instructor: Jan Davis, Oklahoma Libraries and Chad Williams, Oklahoma History Center

    Location: Legacy Village


    Exploring your family and community history becomes easier each day as more and more historical records collections are digitized and made accessible online. Learn about what Oklahoma libraries, archives and museums, along with other institutions around the nation, are doing to bring your family and community history to your fingertips.

  • The Art of Calligraphy

    Thursdays, 7-8p | 8 Weeks | 9/23-11/11

    Format: Stillwater, In person

    Instructor: Stephen W. Gorman, Calligrapher

    Location: Prairie Arts Center

    Important Info: Supply list provided upon registration.


    This is an introduction to the correct posture and sitting position, how to hold the pen, different strokes of the pen, position of the paper and the basic alphabet in lowercase and capital letters in Copperplate Calligraphy. You’ll learn a number of essential hand exercises, which will develop basic skills and muscle memory. Part of the course also covers different inks, paper and nibs, as well as an introduction to Olde English Script.

  • International Cooking

    Fridays, 11a-1:30p | 8 Weeks | 9/24-11/12

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

    Instructor: Various

    Location: OSU Family Resource Center

    Important Info: Parking pass purchase required and $20 supply fee.


    Are you up for a culinary adventure? We are partnering with the OSU Family Resource Center for an on-campus exploration of foods from around the world. In this cooking demonstration class, you'll enjoy visiting with students and their families while learning new recipes and preparation techniques with tastings to follow. Each week, we'll explore a variety of flavors with a new group of friends. Share the international language of food and hospitality with some of Stillwater's most interesting visitors.

  • OSU Public Art Walking Tour

    Friday, 1-3p | 1 Week | 10/8

    Format: Stillwater, In Person

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

    Location: OSU Campus


    What better time than autumn for a walking tour of outdoor artworks on OSU’s Stillwater campus? The one-mile loop is an easy, wheelchair accessible walk of approximately one hour. For more information on the public art on campus, please visit

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