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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Trips & Events

Fall Term 2017 Events, Tours, Trips, and Travel 

Attending special events and traveling with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) introduces you to new ideas and experiences, and is a wonderful way to meet other members who share your interests and have fun. Guests may attend trips, events and travel, unless otherwise noted (*members only), and all require pre-registration. You can click the links to review an individual option or scroll down to see the entire list.
The events, tours, and trips will be posted soon!
Events
Tours Around TownDay Trips
Travel
My Tale of Two CitiesAlphabet City Tour
The Butler Institue of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and the White House Fruit Farm, Canfield, Ohio
Iceland's Magical Northern Lights
The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989: the Perspective of a Refugee from Communist East GermanyBehind the Scenes Zoo ExperienceGettysburg Natioanl Military Park and Battlefield with Guest Speaker, Louise MayoColorado Rockies
Global release date of Michael Meyer's latest book: The Road to Sleeping Dragon
 Sunny Portugal

  Other Upcoming Trips

  

EVENTS

My Tale of Two Cities
Carl Kurlander
Monday, October 9, 2017 from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Kurlander has written screenplays under contract for Universal, Disney, Sony, Orion, and Paramount. Kurlander will present his documentary, My Tale of Two Cities, about his return to Pittsburgh and this area’s funny and heartfelt comeback story that tells the tale of a once great industrial giant that built America with its steel, conquered polio, and invented everything from aluminum to the Big Mac, which has now, like many cities across America, been challenged to reinvent itself. This proves once and for all that you can go home again and that it is never too late to comeback. Kurlander will also discuss his current work as CEI of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, a non-profit whose mission is to build a vibrant and sustainable entertainment industry in Southwestern Pennsylvania, educate youth, and discover new talent.

Carl Kurlander is a Hollywood screenwriter (St. Elmo’s Fire), Author of The F-word with comedian Louie Anderson, and a television writer/producer (Saved by the Bell).

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989: the Perspective of a Refugee from Communist East Germany
Katja Wezel
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 10-11:50 a.m.

In the memory of many Americans, the fall of the Berlin Wall is connected to Ronald Reagan’s saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” However, neither Reagan nor Gorbachev were directly responsible for the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989—even if Gorbachev’s policies in the late 1980s had some impact. This lecture will discuss who brought down the wall, what impact this event had on Germany and Europe, and how it influenced the life of people in the east and west of Germany. Special emphasis will be given to the notion of whether there are still two Germanys—the former East and the former West. We also will address the rise of Germany as a leader of Europe, and the impact of Chancellor Angela Merkel as a politician who grew up in the Communist East.

Katja Wezel, PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, is the DAAD visiting assistant professor for European history at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests are memory politics, nationalism, the history of Communism and European integration. She has published several articles in English and a book in German on the history of the Baltic states.

Global release date of Michael Meyer's latest book: The Road to Sleeping Dragon
Michael Meyer
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 1-2:30 p.m.

From the highly praised author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, a brilliant portrait of China today and a memoir of coming of age in a country in transition. 

In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. With humor and insight, Meyer puts readers in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country --from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, and his future wife's Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China's vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world's largest panda preserve. 

In the last book of his China trilogy, Meyer tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater - if never complete - assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up. Both funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is essential reading for anyone interested in China's history, and how daily life plays out there today.

TOURS AROUND TOWN

Alphabet City Tour

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The new home for City of Asylum is a sanctuary for writers under threat of persecution from around the world—and for other arts organizations focused on giving voice to artists who are often excluded from traditional artistic spaces. In doing so, City of Asylum creates a thriving community of writers, readers, and neighbors. Discover how City of Asylum’s unique model of “place making” includes a performance area, a bookstore, and a restaurant for a diverse audience, protecting free expression while fostering cross-cultural exchange.

Behind the Scenes Zoo Experience
Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10:30 a.m.-noon
MEMBERS ONLY  Fee: $15 (this fee is nonrefundable)

Put on your favorite walking shoes and join us at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as we explore three behind the scenes areas and learn from the highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Get up close and personal with some of the animals and get an insider's glimpse of what it takes to care for and protect the zoo's inhabitants. Afterwards, you can spend time on your own at the zoo until closing. This tour may involve considerable walking and it runs rain or shine.

DAY TRIPS

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and the White House Fruit Farm, Canfield, Ohio

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 9 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Fee: $55 for members and nonmembers  Optional Fee: Parking at Soldiers and Sailors garage for $10.

The Butler Institute of American Art, located in Youngstown, Ohio, is the first museum in the world to focus exclusively on American Art. The Institute’s holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” After a tour with Dr. Louis Zona, Director and Pitt alum, you will have time to visit the vast permanent collection of art from four centuries featuring works by Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane, Mary Cassatt, Romare Beardon, and others. The Hudson River School and American Impressionism are well represented. The Institute’s American Western collection includes Native American portraits and sensitive canvases depicting Hopi life by Elbridge Ayer Burbank, and the beautiful Oregon Trail by Albert Bierstadt as its core. This collection has become an historical record of the American experience.

Featured exhibitions at this visit will be: 100 Years of American Prints from the Butler’s collection, Dragana Crnjak’s formalistic abstractions, and pastel drawings of gorillas by Bob Ziering rendered from his own photographs.

After lunch on your own at the museum, we will visit the White House Fruit Farm. Growing produce for more than 90 years, the farm’s signature crop is apples but the farm grows a wide array of fruits and vegetables. In addition, the farm market also sells more than 50 meats and cheeses, fudge, and homemade baked goods including signature items such as apple crisps, sweet breads, apple dumplings, pumpkin logs, and a wide variety of pies.

Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield with Guest Speaker, Louise Mayo
Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $90 for members and nonmembers  Optional Fee: Parking at Soldiers and Sailors garage for $10.

Travel to Gettysburg and the year 1863, considered by most military historians as the turning point in the American Civil War. We visit the museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park that opened in 2008 to view the feature film, A new Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the refurbished Cyclorama. The film tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and its important role in our nation's history. The visitor center's exhibits, artifacts, sounds, videos, and setting combine to provide a deeper understanding of the war and its impact. We will then have a guided tour of the battlefield.

OLLI instructor and historian, Louise Mayo will give two talks on the bus. On the way down, she will speak about the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg and on the way back, she will discuss the impact of the battle including Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

TRAVEL

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights

January 15-21, 2018
Price: Single $3,799, Double $3,499 per person, Triple $3,469 per person

Click the link below for more information!

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/766345

Colorado Rockies
August 3-11, 2018
Price: Single $3,999, Double $3,199 per person, Triple $3,169 per person

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https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/828853

Information Session on Monday, September 18 from 3-4 p.m.

Call 412-624-7308 to register for the information session.

Sunny Portugal
November 2-11, 2018
Price: Single $3,299, Double $2,999 per person, Triple $2,969 per person

Click the link below for more information!

https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/829168

Information Session on Tuesday, October 17 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Call 412-624-7308 to register for the information session.

Other Upcoming Trips (all tentative)

Treasures of Egypt with Rebecca Denova – Date: TBA

Art and Culture of Italy with Rachel Miller – Date: TBA