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  Special Registration Notes:

FOR SELECT IN-PERSON CLASSES IN CSUDH Extended Education Classroom Building:
Enrollment is limited for social distancing.

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

⚠ All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

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 Art, Culture and Language

Join OLLI on these creative and eye-opening journeys: build your language skills and discover the  culture behind the language; explore the latest museum exhibits; deep dive into musical and literary history... And so much more!

Classic Jazz 109: Jazz Is Not Dead (Series)

March 3—April 14

6 Thursdays | 10 am—12:30 pm PT

✅ OPTION 1: IN-PERSON CLASS

Extended Education Classroom Building - EE-1213 (Auditorium)

MAXIMUM 40 PEOPLE! Reserve your spot today!
Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register.

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.


✅ OPTION 2: ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-classicjazz-sp22 

Meeting ID: 814 0750 2440


Instructor: Chet Hanley, Retired educator for the LAUSD and former DHTV lecturer at CSUDH

This six-session series is a continuation of Classic Jazz 101 through 108 when we examined the world of jazz through the eyes and ears of an avid listener and enthusiast. Featured will be audio and video selections, discussions of the music (the content will take a thematic approach), the performers, and the literature. This course is geared to the casual listener as well as the confirmed jazz aficionado.

March 3 | 1: Armstrong’s Disciples
March 10 | 2: Composers Guide: The Performers
March 17 | 3: Philly & Steel Town Giants
March 24 | 4: Jazz & Strings: A Re-Examination
March 31 | No Class
April 7 | 5: The Vocalists: Storytellers
April 14 | 6: Voice Your Choice: You select the Artist(s) to be profiled

French Intermediate (Spring 2022)

February 9—May 18
Wednesdays | 10 am PT

Registration Link:
https://bit.ly/csudholli-frenchintermediate-sp22

Meeting ID: 862 2707 4155 • Password: french

Speaker: Delyna Diop-Means, OLLI Member

Expand and deepen your knowledge of French using verbal and written cues. We will use the Duolingo language app which reviews and offers various levels and practice for advanced beginners. Duolingo allows learners to discover patterns on their own without needing to focus on language rules the same way you learned your first language as a child. This approach, called “implicit learning” is ideal for developing a strong foundational knowledge of a language and its rules. The instructor will also provide monitoring resources, guidance, and helpful tips tailored to each student’s comfort level and needs.

Having minored in Spanish and majored in French at UCLA, Delyna Diop-Means holds a B.A. and M.A. in French and a teaching credential from USC. Diop-Means’ teaching career began in Senegal, West Africa.  During her 30-year teaching career, she taught a variety of subjects from the elementary level to the secondary levels in both Maryland and the Los Angeles Unified School Districts. As an active OLLI member, her love of language learning (including Portuguese, Italian, and Wolof, a West African language), travel, and life-long learning has continued during retirement. She also teaches virtual French classes to OLLI members and for the People Program in New Orleans.

French: Advanced Beginners (Spring 2022)

February 7—May 16*
Mondays | 3 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-frenchbeginners-sp22

Meeting ID: 814 9995 5955 • Password: french

Instructor: Delyna Diop-Means, OLLI Member

Learn French for the first time or brush up on partially learned French vocabulary and basic structures using verbal and written cues. Once a skill level is reached, Duolingo (the language app for this course) provides additional levels and practice. Duolingo allows learners to discover patterns on their own without needing to focus on language rules the same way you learned your first language as a child. This approach, called “implicit learning,” is ideal for developing a strong foundational knowledge of a language and its rules. The instructor will also provide monitoring resources, guidance, and helpful tips tailored to each student’s comfort level and needs.

*No class on 2/21

Having minored in Spanish and majored in French at UCLA, Delyna Diop-Means holds a B.A. and M.A. in French and a teaching credential from USC. Diop-Means’ teaching career began in Senegal, West Africa.  During her 30-year teaching career, she taught a variety of subjects from the elementary level to the secondary levels in both Maryland and the Los Angeles Unified School Districts. As an active OLLI member, her love of language learning (including Portuguese, Italian, and Wolof, a West African language), travel, and life-long learning has continued during retirement. She also teaches virtual French classes to OLLI members and for the People Program in New Orleans.

OLLI Paint & Sip (Series | Hybrid)

February 20, March 1, April 10 (Online via Zoom);
May 15 (In-Person at CSUDH Extended Education)
Sundays | 1 pm PT

 Online Sessions on February 20, March 1, April 10:
Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-paintnsip-sp22

Meeting ID: 843 3201 3456

Facilitators: Kim Pavageau, OLLI Member & Jessica Polk

Join us with your very own Paint-by-Numbers project as we sip our coffee or tea and create artistic masterpieces. Each session will begin with a brief discussion of painting techniques and helpful hints. Enjoy informal conversation and your lunch or snacks as we paint into the afternoon. We will culminate the series with an onsite session and produce a painting created from a blank canvas.

 Final In-Person Session on May 15:

IN-PERSON CLASS: CSUDH Extended Education Auditorium EE-1222
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants MAX.

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.


► Bring 11"x14" canvas, brushes, and your own beverage and snacks. Paint, easels, and video instruction will be provided.

Kim Polk Pavageau is a member of the OLLI Curriculum Committee and alumni of Loyola Marymount University (B.S. Accounting) and CSUDH (Masters of Business Administration and Administrative Credential). Kim is retired from the LAUSD and served for 30 years as teacher, Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. She began her professional career as and auditor for the U.S. government as a federal examiner for the NCUA and an auditor for the Department of Defense. Kim appreciates the opportunity to continue to use her experience in professional development to explore, learn and participate in discussions with OLLI peers.

Jessica Polk is the founder of Women in Wellness Together and is an alumna of San Diego State University. Jessica is a Clinical Therapist and Instructor of Social Work and works with others to develop healthy methods of self-care through exercise, journaling, and relaxation.

LA Opera Talks (Series)

February 12; March 16; May 21; June 8

(See dates below) | 10 am PT

Speaker: Jennie Olivia, Community Engagement Associate

In today’s environment, music, and specifically operatic music, can be uplifting. In our time period, LA Opera presents a series of Operatic music, performances, behind the scenes, actors, costume, make-up and the history of opera. Each lecture class will compose its own topic and speaker who presents lecture and videos of previous performances.

Let’s Read a Play! (Spring 2022)

February 2 & 9, March 2 & 9, April 6 & 13, May 4 & 11
Wednesdays | 1:30 pm–3:30 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-play-sp22 

Meeting ID: 818 0510 3382

No stage or acting experience is required. Join our “virtual” class and have some fun and the chance to “polish” your dramatic skills. We hope you will enjoy the same interactive approach as the classroom experience of cold readings. Expect lively discussion regarding meaning and content. Parts will be assigned during the first 10-15 minutes of each class, and depending on the number of students and the number of parts, expect changes to character roles at the break. 

Play Selections:

  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • In The Blood by Suzan Lori Parks
  • Radio Golf by August Wilson
  • Murder in the Cathedral by TS Eliot
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
  • Crimes in the Heart by Beth Hanley

Have a suggestion for a Let's Read a Play selection?

Email your favorite play nomination to olli@csudh.edu to let us know!

The Hip-Hop Project • 3/21/22

March 21
Monday | 10 am PT

► Watch the Replay: https://youtu.be/0Opix2cQi7s

Facilitator: Damien Sojoyner, UCI

This course will use look at the origins of hip-hop as a music and cultural phenomenon. Utilizing key artists, the class will delve into the complexity and genius of hip-hop as an art form.

Damien Sojoyner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research covers carcerality, education, and Black culture. His first book, First Strike: Education Enclosures in Black Los Angeles was published by the University of Minnesota Press. His upcoming book, Joy and Pain: A Story of Black Life and Liberation in Five Albums will be published by the University of California Press in August 2022.

POSTPONED: Creative Writing with Pan African Narratives • (TBD)

POSTPONED - Stay Tuned for New Date/Time!

IN-PERSON CLASS: Extended Education Classroom Building EE-1222

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. The number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Facilitator: Marc-Vincent Jackson   

Creative Writing with Pan African Narratives: Finding Your Inner Griot
The course will review, discuss and analyze the African diaspora perspectives in “A Thousand Points of Light” in author Marc-Vincent Jackson’s debut novel and explore creating meaningful, culturally relevant dialogue with character development. Self, hybrid, and independent publishing will also be covered.

Resources can be accessed here: https://www.athousandpointsoflight-jaamrekk.com/
 
For nearly three decades, Marc-Vincent Jackson has been an educator specializing in World Languages having taught three different languages on three continents. An enthusiastic traveler and avid reader, his passionate interests include entertaining, cooking, gardening, film, music, and experiencing different cultures. He still plans to master Arabic and fulfill his dream of reading the Koran in its original language. Multicultural and multilingual (English, French, Spanish, and Wolof), he attended the University of Bordeaux, France, and the University of Seville, Spain, and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in Romance Languages and a B.S. in Journalism. He subsequently volunteered several years in the U.S. Peace Corps, Senegal, and was a group leader with Operations Crossroads Africa in Mali. He has been associated with a variety of African diaspora film festivals, such as FESPACO, as well as the Pan African Film Festival, in various capacities since its founding. By immersing himself in the local cultures, these intimate explorations and experiences give him a unique perspective and broaden his creative voice and insight as a writer. Upon settling in the United States, he eventually pursued an M.A. in Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, where he currently resides when not almost religiously traveling the world! A Thousand Points of Light is his debut novel.

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 Business, Finance and Technology

Get the latest information on managing personal finances and building wealth and savings in retirement, all designed with the OLLI senior in mind!

Cyber Warrior Academy: Internet Security • 2/1/22

February 1 
Tuesday • 1:30 pm PT

Download the Class Handout ►

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-cyberwarrior-sp22

Meeting ID: 867 9071 5516

Facilitator: Dave Babcock, Los Angeles County District Attorney (LADA) Cyber Investigation Response Team (CIRT) and U.S. Secret Service Los Angeles Cyber Fraud Task Force

This course will examine some common real-world cyber-crime case studies and provide the students with immediately actionable information and open source security tools to better defend themselves against cybercriminals.

Students are encouraged to have their own laptops, tablets, and/or smartphones, as they will be able to follow along with the hands-on implementation of the Internet security tools discussed.

Dave Babcock is a current and founding member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney (LADA) Cyber Investigation Response Team (CIRT) and a member of the United States Secret Service Los Angeles Cyber Fraud Task Force. His unit investigates cyber-attacks, intellectual property thefts, and network intrusions against Los Angeles County government technology assets and resources, including human resources. Dave has trained thousands of IT security professionals and citizens (law enforcement and civilians alike) in the discipline of in-depth cyber security and risk reduction. Before joining the LADA Babcock was a Police Officer for the City of Glendale. Dave served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps and he is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Empowering Yourself with Technology (Series)

February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
Monthly on 1st Wednesdays | 11 am PT

Facilitator: LA County Library Educators Team

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-empowering-sp22

Meeting ID: 870 8700 5584

February 2 | Computers: The Very Basics
Adriana Albizures, aalbizures@library.lacounty.gov
Are you a complete computer beginner (or want to review the fundamentals)? Join us as we cover introductory terminology, essential parts, differences between single and double-clicking, and more in this leisurely-paced presentation.

March 2 | Becoming an Empowered Consumer
Oleg Kagan, okagan@library.lacounty.gov
E-commerce today provides us with more options than ever before! This event will help you flex your purchasing power using tools and resources to research products, compare prices, and filter out fake reviews. You'll also learn how to protect yourself by reporting unfair business practices to authorities and watchdog organizations.

April 6 | A Whirlwind Tour of Social Media
Lawrence Mak, lmak@library.lacounty.gov
Connecting with people, businesses, and organizations has never been easier. Learn about the different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Discover various social media platforms and how they can work for you!

May 4 | How to Avoid Online Scams
Marten Malelu, mmalelu@library.lacounty.gov
Learn how to safely navigate the internet and protect yourself against online scams. We will cover how to spot and avoid common types of online scams and the resources that are available for victims of fraud or cybercrime. 

OLLI Tech Lunch 'N Learn (Series)

Coming Soon!

Hosted by Anissa Barton-Thompson & Arvin Lambinicio

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 Discussion Groups

We are pleased to embark on another year of active learning and discussions of current topics.

TED Talks with Denise Jefferson (Spring 2022)

September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22 and December 6

Mondays | 12 noon PT

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-tedtalks-fall21

Meeting ID: 966 6881 1928

Speaker: Denise Jefferson, OLLI Member

You are invited to join us to watch selected TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks short videos (usually 18 minutes or less); then as a group, we share and have a fun conversation about the topic.

Speakers in the videos work passionately to spread accurate easy-to-understand information and well-formed ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can, often through storytelling.

January 3, 2022
Why Your Birth Order Is A Blessing and A Curse • Pavel Mischenko

January 31, 2022
What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience • Charles Hunt

February 14, 2022
Stop Chasing Purpose and Focus on Wellness • Chole Hakim-More

February 28, 2022
Are You Human? • Ze Frank

March 14, 2022
Paying Attention & Mindfulness • Sam Chase

March 28, 2022
The Surprising Secret That Solves Your Problems Quickly • Collins Key

April 11, 2022
What If Age Is Just A State of Mind • Bruce Grierson

April 25, 2022
Conspiracy Theories and The Quest for Truth • Rachel Runnels

May 9, 2022
Retirement Redefined • John Shields

May 23, 2022
OK, Boomers, It’s Time to Grow UP • Sven Steinmo

Thursday Morning Book Club (Spring 2022)

January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28; May 26, June 23
4th Thursdays | 10 am–11 am PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-bookclub 

Meeting ID: 935 8431 7096

We’ll read and discuss books selected by the club members. Some questions to consider might be: How well has the author made their point? What surprised you about a character or the ending? How does the story relate to today’s ideas and lifestyles?

Facilitators: OLLI Book Club Members

Books assigned by date. Book Club Schedule:

// SPRING 2022 // ---------------------------

  • January 27: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

  • February 24: Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely 

  • March 24: A Gambling Man by David Baldacci 
    (*Note: Time Change - 1:30 pm—3 pm PT on 3/24/22 only)

  • April 28: The Lincoln Highway by Armor Towles

// SUMMER 2022 // -------------------------

  • May 26: As the Wicked Watch by Tamron Hall

  • June 23: American Made: What Happened to People When Work Disappears by Farah Stockman

Have a suggestion for a Book Club selection?
Email your favorite book nomination to olli@csudh.edu to let us know!

POSTPONED: First Sunday Cinema Movies (Series)

❗ Postponed until Summer 2022

February 6, March 6, April 3, May 8 (Online)
Sundays | 1 pm PT

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-movies-sp22

Meeting ID: 834 6691 1497

Facilitator: Kim Polk Pavageau, OLLI Member

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a movie together on the First Sunday of each month. Bring your snack and join OLLI movie lovers on online or on campus as we critique a variety of selections. Watch the movie in your own home at your leisure prior to meeting on Zoom for a lively discussion and trivia competition for the first session. After the first session, each movie will be shown in full and followed by a discussion and trivia competition.

  • February 6 | Lilies of the Field (1963 Comedy/Drama) *BHM
    https://www.amazon.com/Lilies-Field-Sidney-Poitier/dp/B00TPUOHDC/
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
    Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Free to Prime Members

    Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this film, becoming the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for a leading role. He plays a traveling handyman Homer Smith who stops by a farm in rural Arizona and is welcomed by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have emigrated from Germany. Realizing that the farm needs a lot of work, Homer takes on a number of repair projects for the women, who are led by the headstrong Mother Maria (Lilia Skala). Impressed by Homer's kindness and strong work ethic, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God to help build them a chapel.

  • March 6 | The King’s Speech (2011 Drama/History)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B004R36QUE/ref=atv_wp_r_dp_ci
    Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
    Streaming on Amazon Prime Video | $3.99 Rental

    England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as unconventional methods are used to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. This film won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture.

  • April 3 | The Jungle Cruise (2021 Adventure/Comedy/Action)
    https://www.amazon.com/Jungle-Cruise-Dwayne-Johnson/dp/B09DJ6HHYP
    Starring  Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Emily Blunt,  Edgar Ramirez
    Streaming on Amazon Prime Video  | $5.99 Rental

    If you have ever been to Disneyland, you have experienced the Jungle Cruise ride.  This film was released in conjunction with the remodel of the actual ride at Disneyland.  Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney's JUNGLE CRUISE, a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank's questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila--his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate--and mankind's--hangs in the balance.

  • May 8 | Philomena (2013 Drama)
    https://www.amazon.com/Philomena-Judi-Dench/dp/B00IGI3LMC
    Starring Judy Dench, Steve Koogan
    Streaming on Amazon Prime Video | $3.99 Rental

    In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Kim Polk Pavageau is a member of the OLLI Curriculum Committee and alumni of Loyola Marymount University (B.S. Accounting) and CSUDH (Masters of Business Administration and Administrative Credential). Kim is retired from the LAUSD and served for 30 years as teacher, Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. She began her professional career as and auditor for the U.S. government as a federal examiner for the NCUA and an auditor for the Department of Defense. Kim appreciates the opportunity to continue to use her experience in professional development to explore, learn and participate in discussions with OLLI peers.

Exploring the Paranormal (Series)

February 7, March 7, April 4, May 16 
4 Mondays |  10 am PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-paranormal-sp22

Meeting ID: 832 1408 7104

  • February 7 | Haunted Hollywood 
    Haunted Universal Studios; Hollywood Star Murder Cases
    Watch the Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X4Cd5IOPWY ►

  • March 7 | Alcatraz: History, Haunts, and Legends 
    Historical and Indigenous Stories of the Alcatraz Island (Before and After)
    Watch the Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G0eUjPw_Q

  • April 4 | The Queen Mary: Her History and Haunts

  • May 2 | Religion and Its Importance to Paranormal Investigations


Facilitator:
Brian Clune has been an avid paranormal enthusiast for most of his life. He did not get involved with investigating until his son ask if they could go “ghost hunting”. This led him to Planet Paranormal, where his life would forever change. Investigating became a passion and the more he learned about what was involved the more he realized that history was the key to effective paranormal discovery. His dedication to learning the past has led to him becoming the Historian for Planet Paranormal. Some of Planet Paranormals' discoveries have led him to be involved with a number of television shows including My Ghost StoryThe Dead Files, and Ghost Hunters. Mr. Clune was also the focus of a companion documentary for the film Paranormal Asylum by Meridien Films.

Aging Gracefully and Gratefully (Series)

April 14, 28; May 12
Thursdays | 1:30 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-aging-sp22

Meeting ID: 835 8302 6637

Facilitator: Frankie Stewart, M.A., OLLI Member/CSUDH Alumna

Aging is inevitable. As we study and examine what the experts have to say about aging, we learn from each other by sharing our individual experiences. Attitudes, decisions, choices, and acceptance are guidelines that assist us on this road called “aging.” Class participants are encouraged to suggest additional aging issues that are affecting them. We will discuss and explore various concepts, share techniques and consider how to age “gracefully and gratefully".

Frankie Stewart loves OLLI! She has been a member for more than 10 years and currently facilitates Aging Gracefully and Gratefully for OLLI members. Frankie graduated from CSUDH with a B.S. in Sociology and a Master’s in behavioral science with a discipline in gerontology. Frankie retired from Kaiser Permanente after 33 years of service with the last 25 years as a Healthcare Administrator. Frankie currently works for the City of Carson as a welcoming receptionist. She also is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson and is active in the Carson’s Women’s Club and the South-Central Community Center. In 1996 Frankie was crowned Ms. Senior America. While serving as Ms. Senior America touring the country, Frankie used her speaking and singing voice, her pride, and her demeanor to dramatically demonstrate with Ms. Senior America is all about – a woman of “Inner Beauty” and the Age of Elegance for women 60 plus during the ’90s. Frankie is known to many OLLI members as an intelligent, delightful, enthusiastic, and caring individual.

Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces • 2/18/22

February 18
Friday | 12 pm PT

Watch "Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces" ►

Facilitator: Judge Kimberley Baker Guillemet

Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces /
Supporting Students of Color in Elite Academic Spaces 

This workshop is designed for parents, caregivers, and adults working with young people of color who are navigating elite academic spaces that are foreign and uncomfortable to them, as well as adults who have navigated elite academic and/or professional spaces themselves wishing to conduct a postmortem of their experience. Participants will be taken through a study of key scenes in the book Black Prep: Life Lessons of A Perpetual Outsider, where they will identify the manifestation of the Black Prep Pillars of Success (“the pillars”) in those scenes, and will also learn how to apply the pillars so that they will have the tools to thrive in any environment moving forward.

Kimberley Baker Guillemet is a graduate of Stanford University and a former teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. After graduating from law school, she served as a public interest attorney where she represented youth with disabilities and youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. She served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice where she practiced consumer protection and criminal law under former Attorney General Jerry Brown and, later, former Attorney General Kamala Harris. In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to launch the city’s first-ever Office of Reentry where she developed policies and programs that created employment, housing, legal advocacy, and family reunification opportunities for thousands of Angelenos who were formerly incarcerated. In her spare time, she loves to write and offer encouragement as a motivational speaker. Visit her website and read her blog at https://www.theblackprep.com/.

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 Health and Wellness

OLLI is pleased to offer such great health and wellness activities as T’ai Chi Chuan, Internal Energy, and Online Virtual Social Tennis for Seniors as learning experiences that optimize brain fitness and promote physical fitness through exercise and coordination. Enjoy!

Social Tennis with Donald Means (Year-Round | In-Person)

Donald Means’ Vision: “We will be the fittest seniors we know.”

All Year Round
Tuesdays & Fridays | 9 am—10:30 am PT

In-person Tennis at CSUDH

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Instructor: Donald Means, OLLI Member

The game of tennis is a lifetime sport. Now is the opportune time to join our virtual class. We are a group with many different attributes who enjoy a moderate level of physical activity. The tennis class has wonderful benefits, just to name a couple:

  • It's fun and the social interaction is great.
  • We participate in medium stretching and warm-up exercises.
  • Instructions are easy.
  • We gain knowledge of tennis rules and tennis etiquette.

We continue to learn the essentials of tennis beginning with the classic grip, forehand, backhand, serve, volley, topspin, drop shot, and doubles play. To get started, have a tennis racket available, and wear comfortable clothing.

UPDATED: Tai Chi Chuan

► This class in REACTIVATED and we look forward to seeing you on Fridays!

March 4—May 6
Fridays | 10 am—11:30 am PT

IN-PERSON CLASS: Extended Education Auditorium EE-1213
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants MAX

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Instructors: Linda Kahn & Jerry Larson

Tai Chi (太極拳, T'ai chi ch'üan, Tàijí quán, Tiji) is a centuries-old Chinese martial art based on the Taoist philosophy of Yin and Yang.  In this class, we will explore the slow, continuous movements of Yang style Tai Chi, which is accessible to everyone regardless of age or physical ability.

The practice of this slow form is comprised of a series of postures that flow together in a holistic and unified manner yielding both a moving meditation and a method of physical exercise.

Join us in exploring this ancient art, which is still practiced worldwide today, known to bring about strength and energy, optimum health and body awareness, improved balance and coordination, relaxation and stress reduction, and community and lasting friendships.

Please wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.

Linda is a UCLA graduate and began studying Yang style Tai Chi in 1979 following back surgery. She quickly knew Tai Chi was “for her.” Linda has been an OLLI member for 7+ years and has been teaching the OLLI Tai Chi class since 2018.

Jerry has a graduate background in Linguistics and Communicative Disorders and is a veteran of the Human Potential Movement. He also began studying taiji in 1978 and has always returned to it. He has studied various styles and is especially interested in the internal aspects of taiji and qigong.

Questions? Please email Linda: donlin@earthlink.net

Living Well for Older Adults (Series - In-Person)

UPDATED: March 17; April 7, 21; May 5, 19 
6 Sessions • In-Person
Thursdays | 1:30 pm PT

IN-PERSON CLASS: Extended Education Auditorium EE-1209 (New Location)
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants MAX.

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Facilitator: Eula Slater, OLLI member and Registered Dietitian

This Spring we will continue our discussions of garden-to-table using the Amazon series, "Grow Cook Eat", which includes how to prep and cook vegetables, culinary tips and tricks, understanding the importance of missing places, and timing your dishes. Take control of your kitchen by knowing how to organize your tools for a variety of tasks.

UCLA Community Health Education with Monica Moore (Series)

March 7, April 4, May 2
1st Monday of the Month | 1 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-uclahealth-sp22

Meeting ID: 867 7476 2824

Facilitator: Monica R. Moore

3 Sessions: 

March 7 | Memory and Aging
Learn about the way the brain changes with age, what is normal, what is not, and what you can do about it. The latest research surrounding brain health will be discussed as well as practical tips to stay focused and mentally sharp.

April 4 | Caring for the Caregiver
Caring for a friend or family member is often something people do without preparation and education. This presentation will provide the tools needed to help identify as a caregiver, to begin a dialogue with family and friends, and to create a plan that provides control and choices to both the caregiver and the person receiving care.

May 2 | Beyond Alzheimer's Disease
The Other Dementias While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, it is not the only kind. This presentation will discuss other forms of dementia, such as Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemporal Dementia, and how they differ from Alzheimer’s in progression, treatment, and diagnosis.  

Monica R. Moore is an alumna of Sonoma State University (B.S. Human Development) and CSULB (M.S. Gerontology). Monica Moore is the UCLA Community Health Program Manager, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Co-Director, Training and Education Activities.

UPDATED: Virtual Baking Workshop (Series)

March 8, April 12,  May 10, June 14
Tuesdays | 1:30 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-baking-sp22

Meeting ID: 830 8561 5045

Facilitator: Heather Slater, Pastry Chef and Small Business Owner of Simply Sweets Desserts 

Get Cooking! Join talented, accomplished Heather Slater in this exciting cooking class. This online class invites your participation to bake alongside Pastry Chef Heather Slater. Get personalized tips, share stories, and laugh as your chef observes you and cooks with you.

Heather’s mission is to provide an engaging, fun, easy cooking learning experience. How can you participate? It’s easy! All you need is a laptop or tablet with sound, a built-in camera, and high-speed internet. Don’t forget to check your email for the recipe.

⭐ Please register at least two weeks in advance to receive the recipe via email.

Gardening in LA (Series)

(2 Separate Events - See Dates/Times below ▼)

Facilitator: Yvonne Savio


1️⃣ February 11 • 12:30 pm—2 pm PT  |
Container Gardening in Southern California
Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-gardening-sp22
Meeting ID: 868 4803 8759

What to consider and how to succeed, including some fun containers
Container Gardening in Southern California will be explored as we discuss what to consider and how to succeed using some fun containers. Topics will include:

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Container Gardening
  • Types of Containers
  • How Much Sun?
  • Soil Mix
  • What to Plant
  • Seeds vs Transplants
  • Watering and Fertilizing 

2️⃣ February 25 • 11:30 am—1:30 pm PT |
Eat Your Yard: Veggie and Herb Growing Techniques
Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-eatyouryard-sp22
Meeting ID: 830 6549 3831

Alphabetical Specifics = growing tips for 60 vegetables and herbs
Join us to go through an alphabetical list of 60 vegetables and herbs that can be grown in your very own garden. Look forward to an in-depth discussion of the specifics of how to start and care for these plants that are native to America.


Yvonne Savio grew up on a 3/4-acre hillside lot in Pasadena growing year-round fruits and vegetables and flowers with lots of manure and compost and “making do” before it was called recycling or repurposing. She knows what “harvested at the perfect moment of ripeness” means and enjoys enabling others to enjoy the benefits of “growing your own.” For 36 years, she worked for the University of California, conferring with statewide vegetable, fruit, and ornamentals specialists; then revitalizing the Los Angeles County Master Gardener Volunteer Program, teaching 1150 Master Gardeners who then served 1.3 million county residents. In 2015 she initiated her website – www.GardeningInLA.net – where she blogs every other week or so about what’s actually happening in her Pasadena garden, posts intriguing gardening news articles, provides science-based weblinks, and invites everyone to submit gardening events and job opportunities open to the public.

Getting to Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise (Series)

February 2, 9, 16, 23
4 Wednesdays | 3 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-healthy-sp22

Meeting ID: 830 5604 2838

Facilitator: Dr. Linda Smith

This course is based upon the book written by the course facilitator, Dr. Linda Smith. Her book Here's What It Takes to Be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise (2nd edition) provides timely information and tips about key aspects of life including health and well-being, interpersonal relationships (including parenting), consumer awareness, and money and time management, mindfulness, emotional intelligence (EQ), self-compassion, and more. In this four-week class, Dr. Linda will cover key aspects of these topics in an interactive format.

OPTIONAL: Book purchase: $10

Dr. Linda has taught Life Management, Consumer Awareness, Marriage and Family Life, Consumer Education and Advocacy, and Career Planning at the community college level for 15+ years. She has also worked in the area of consumer affairs in the academic, business, government, and non-profit sectors for over 30 years.

Navigating the Pandemic for Seniors • 2/10/22

February 10
Thursday | 1 pm PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-pandemic-sp22 

Meeting ID: 860 0351 9460

Facilitator: Jessica Polk

This course is designed to help participants learn about the different dimensions of wellness and identify specifics to improve their own personal well-being as we all face new challenges while living through the pandemic. By the end of the workshop, participants will be more knowledgeable about the psychology of wellness and will walk away with a personalized plan to help them move forward towards their goals. The course will consist of short informational lectures by Jessica Polk, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and University Professor, combined with small group and large group activities.  

Jessica Polk is the founder of Women in Wellness Together and is an alumna of San Diego State University. Jessica is a Clinical Therapist and Instructor of Social Work at CSULB and works with others to develop healthy methods of self-care through exercise, journaling, and relaxation.

Healthy Brain Habits: Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s • 3/14/22

March 14
Monday • 10 am PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-healthybrain-sp22 

Meeting ID: 892 1300 0979

Facilitator: Petra Niles, M.S.G., Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

The California Department of Public Health projects the number of Californians over 65 years old living with Alzheimer’s disease will increase 127% by 2040. Significantly impacted are African Americans and Latinos with Alzheimer’s. It is important to understand habits you form today may help to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s as you age.

As a part of this presentation, you will: 

  • Discuss healthy habits to maintain a healthy brain

  • Learn about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s

  • Learn about the importance of early detection

Petra Niles, M.S.G. is the Senior Manager of African American Services, Education, and Dementia Care Networks at Alzheimer’s Los Angeles. Her current focus is community awareness, community collaborations, strategic partnerships, and caregiver education. She also chairs the West Central- South Central Dementia Care Network. She earned her Master’s in Gerontology at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. Petra’s area of expertise includes Elder Abuse Prevention, Geriatric Care Management and Adult Day Programs, and more. 

Hereditary Cancer Syndromes • 3/15/22

March 15
Tuesday | 11 am PT* 

*scheduled time updated

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-syndromes-sp22

Meeting ID: 824 9080 4377

Facilitator: Dr. Rosetta Hassan

The course will be an overview of common cancers that are inherited, including incidence, risks, preventive measures, and early detection.

Emergency Disaster Preparation • 4/21/22

April 21 
Thursday | 11 am PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-emergencyprep-sp22 

Meeting ID: 835 8442 0169

Facilitator: Peggy Barton, OLLI Member

Emergency Disaster Preparation: Get Ready, Be Ready!
Statistics show that 70% of all survivors of disasters are rescued by other survivors. The neighbors living around you are your most immediate source of help. Disasters will strike at any time of the day or night. The reality is that emergency responders will not be available to everyone, and may not be able to reach you for several days following a major disaster. It may be up to you to save the life of another!   

Topics: 

  • Water, Gas, & Electric: location & shut-off
  • Must-Have Emergency Items
  • How to Make Your Escape Kit/To-Go Bag
  • Map Your Neighborhood: Skills to Help You and Your Neighbors

Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the MCPS (Montgomery County Public School System - Rockville, MD) Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. Finally, she is a proud member of OLLI (since 2015), and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

Urban Hiking in the South Bay (Series - In-Person)

April 11, 18, 25; May 9
Mondays | 9 am PT

  IN-PERSON CLASS: CSUDH Extended Education Auditorium EE-1222

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Facilitators: Janice Champion & Lori Davidson-Fox

Walkers, get your gear together! We will be taking four urban hikes. The first meeting will be at CSUDH. We meet in a classroom for an introduction, sign waivers, and receive information on the locations of the other three urban hikes. Then we will take our first urban hike on the CSUDH campus. 

The other hikes will be in the South Bay. These hikes will be low impact on flat or gently rolling sidewalks or pathways. Wear a hat, durable shoes, sunscreen, and bring water to drink.

Janice Champion: I am a CSUDH alumna, and, after retirement, I joined OLLI/Omnilore in 2012. I taught some classes, attended several classes, participated in many events, and was a member of the curriculum committee for several years. Pre-pandemic, I led the Urban Hiking class each fall and spring since 2016. Since the pandemic and the closure of gyms and rec centers, where I participated in yoga, tai chi, line dancing, etc., I have mainly been walking. I like to vary my walks, so I walk in different neighborhoods in the South Bay. I walk three to seven miles a day and I love walking with other people. Lori, my co-leader, is also a walker, having been a postal carrier before retirement. Each hike is in a different location. Some of our Urban Hikes in the past were in Wilmington, Palos Verdes, Long Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance. We promise to be gentle with participants.

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 History and Social Science

Deep dive into all aspects of history with these fascinating lectures exploring American History.

Pullman Porters: From Servitude to Civil Rights • 2/3/22

February 3 • Black History Month Special Presentation
Thursday | 11 am PT

Watch "Pullman Porters: From Servitude to Civil Rights" ►

Facilitator: Peggy Barton, OLLI member and former educator

Pullman PortersPullman Porters: they were overworked, underpaid, and demeaned... but generations of these men, hired to work on the railroads as porters on the sleeping cars of the Pullman Palace Car Company, helped to promote the rights and futures of countless African-Americans. Learn about their legacy and impact on American history.

Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the MCPS (Montgomery County Public School System - Rockville, MD) Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. Finally, she is a proud member of OLLI (since 2015), and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

UPDATED: Living Abroad: Perspectives on Race & Culture (Series | Hybrid)

UPDATED: February 15; March 1, 8, 22; April 5, 19; May 3, 17
8 Tuesdays • 1pm-2pm PT

Students can register for either ONLINE or IN-PERSON attendance:

⭐ Registration Link:
https://bit.ly/csudholli-livingabroad-sp22


⭐  In-Person Class Sessions:

IN-PERSON CLASS: Extended Education Auditorium EE-1209
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants MAX.

Please call (310) 243-3741 (Option 1) to register. Number of registrants is limited!

⚠ All OLLI Students must complete the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screening Tool before visiting CSUDH.

All OLLI students, regardless of attendance method, must self-certify their vaccination & booster status by February 28, 2021. Visit the vaccine page for more details.

Facilitator: Judy Francis, retired U.S. Diplomat

The presenter's experience of studying in France, living in eight different countries as a U.S. diplomat, and traveling to over 80 countries worldwide has given her a different perspective of race and culture. The course will relate events and situations that hopefully will provoke thought and discussion as they relate to the American perspective and experience. 

  • 2/15/22 | An American in Paris: The friendships, conversations, and experiences that changed the perspective of race
  • 3/1/22 | Black Diplomat in Mexico: Intro to Mexican Black populations and to the Asian, Jewish, Mormon, and indigenous Mexicans that Americans rarely know about.
  • 3/8/22 | Black Paris: African and Caribbean realities, exposure to cuisine, culture, expectations.
  • 3/22/22 | First Intro to Africa: Friend or Foe? Cold War/CIA/Dictatorship in Kinshasa, Zaire.
  • 4/5/22 | Am I Black or White: Accra, Ghana - No political correctness here!
  • 4/19/22 | Adaptation to Islam: Dakar, Senegal. Also, colonial effects in Senegal, The Gambia, Togo, and Ghana
  • 5/3/22 | Central African Republic: Dangerous attempted coup. AIDS. Jungle exploration with two Pigmy ladies
  • 5/17/22 | Jamaica & Ghana: What we can learn. How we can help

Born in Beaumont, Texas but a Los Angeles resident since the age of six months, Judy Francis has always been fascinated by travel, foreign languages, and cultures as well as the outdoors and sports. Judy majored in French and minored in Spanish, attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, and earned her BA and MBA degrees. A former high school foreign language teacher in LAUSD and attorney, she later joined the U.S. Department of State, building a career that combined all her interests and strengths; she spent the next 24 years serving as a U.S. Diplomat living and traveling in several countries. She worked at eight U.S. Embassies;  each assignment was for 2-4 years (see above sessions descriptions). Retired, Judy loves playing tennis, giving presentations at high school career development programs, and traveling.

The Culture Behind Family Quilts • 2/24/22

February 24
Thursday | 11 am PT

Watch "The Culture Behind Family Quilts" 

Facilitators: Norma Bates and Peggy Barton, OLLI Members

The Culture Behind Family Quilts"Our friendship/family is a patchwork of love."
Join this interactive and lively discussion on the storytelling and histories that are crafted into family quilts. The discussion is led by and open to all past, present, and FUTURE OLLI members... so invite your friends and neighbors, and share your quilt stories, quotes, photos, and treasured memories!

Door Prizes available!

Norma Bates is a 13-year OLLI member. She is 2nd Vice-president of the California African American Genealogical Society and a member of Afro-American Quilters of Los Angeles. Her hobbies include crafting, genealogy, sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, and reading.

Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public School System Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. She is a 7-year OLLI member and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

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 International Scholar Seminars/Osher Lecture Series

This year, we are partnering with the Office of international Education in organizing lectures and seminars that address some of the major events that have impacted our lives.

Spring 2022 Lecture Series

January 25, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17
Tuesdays | 10 am PT

Shareable Registration Link: https://bit.ly/csudholli-iss-sp22

Meeting ID: 853 4742 6988

OLLI@CSUDH is partnering with the Office of International Education in organizing lectures and seminars that address some of the major events that have impacted our lives. We look forward to seeing you at our lecture series! 

 Host Ormond Rucker of CSUDH International Scholar Lecture Series presents: 

  • January 25 | eSports Is a Student Success Strategy
    Ruben Caputo, General Manager, CSUDH eSports Association
    https://esports.csudh.edu 

  • February 15 | An Indigenous Community-Based Approach to Restorative Justice in Alaska
    Dr. Brian Jarrett, Director, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, & Peacebuilding Program 

  • March 15 |TBD 

  • April 19 |TBD

  • May 17 |TBD

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 Science & Technology

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 Special Events

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 Virtual Docent Tours

  February Black History Month Presentations • Watch Our Replays!

Black History Month at CSUDH OLLI

Pullman Porters: From Servitude to Civil Rights • 2/3/22

February 3 • Black History Month Special Presentation
Thursday | 11 am PT

Watch "Pullman Porters: From Servitude to Civil Rights" ►

Facilitator: Peggy Barton, OLLI member and former educator

Pullman PortersPullman Porters: they were overworked, underpaid, and demeaned... but generations of these men, hired to work on the railroads as porters on the sleeping cars of the Pullman Palace Car Company, helped to promote the rights and futures of countless African-Americans. Learn about their legacy and impact on American history.

Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the MCPS (Montgomery County Public School System - Rockville, MD) Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. Finally, she is a proud member of OLLI (since 2015), and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

A Discussion with Ambassador Andrew Young (Replay) • 2/17/22

February 17
Thursday | 10 am PT

No Zoom Link needed...
Watch on your own time, and add to the conversation in the Comments!

Join us for a special replay of:
Watch "A Discussion with Ambassador Andrew Young: An Icon of a Movement"

Andrew YoungPastor. Activist. Politician. Diplomat. These are just some of the words people use to describe the storied career of Andrew Young. But to truly understand his story of activism and leadership, one must understand the world through his eyes as an eyewitness to history and as a change agent for the social good. Dr. Donna Nicol, Chair of Africana Studies at CSUDH, will facilitate the discussion.

Join us for an enlightening conversation with the former Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta as we kick off our three-part series entitled Perspectives on Inter-generational Social Justice Movements.

Brought to you by California State University Dominguez Hills - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@CSUDH); CSUDH Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace-building Program; and CSUDH Department of Africana Studies.

Recorded 8/18/20 at CSUDH.

Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces • 2/18/22

February 18
Friday | 12 pm PT

Watch "Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces" ►

Facilitator: Judge Kimberley Baker Guillemet

Black Prep: Thriving in Elite Spaces /
Supporting Students of Color in Elite Academic Spaces 

This workshop is designed for parents, caregivers, and adults working with young people of color who are navigating elite academic spaces that are foreign and uncomfortable to them, as well as adults who have navigated elite academic and/or professional spaces themselves wishing to conduct a postmortem of their experience. Participants will be taken through a study of key scenes in the book Black Prep: Life Lessons of A Perpetual Outsider, where they will identify the manifestation of the Black Prep Pillars of Success (“the pillars”) in those scenes, and will also learn how to apply the pillars so that they will have the tools to thrive in any environment moving forward.

Kimberley Baker Guillemet is a graduate of Stanford University and a former teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. After graduating from law school, she served as a public interest attorney where she represented youth with disabilities and youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. She served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice where she practiced consumer protection and criminal law under former Attorney General Jerry Brown and, later, former Attorney General Kamala Harris. In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to launch the city’s first-ever Office of Reentry where she developed policies and programs that created employment, housing, legal advocacy, and family reunification opportunities for thousands of Angelenos who were formerly incarcerated. In her spare time, she loves to write and offer encouragement as a motivational speaker. Visit her website and read her blog at https://www.theblackprep.com/.

The Culture Behind Family Quilts • 2/24/22

February 24
Thursday | 11 am PT

Watch "The Culture Behind Family Quilts" 

Facilitators: Norma Bates and Peggy Barton, OLLI Members

The Culture Behind Family Quilts"Our friendship/family is a patchwork of love."
Join this interactive and lively discussion on the storytelling and histories that are crafted into family quilts. The discussion is led by and open to all past, present, and FUTURE OLLI members... so invite your friends and neighbors, and share your quilt stories, quotes, photos, and treasured memories!

Door Prizes available!

Norma Bates is a 13-year OLLI member. She is 2nd Vice-president of the California African American Genealogical Society and a member of Afro-American Quilters of Los Angeles. Her hobbies include crafting, genealogy, sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, and reading.

Peggy Barton is a retired social studies educator; she has done research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian on minorities and women and their role in American history, which has been incorporated into the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public School System Social Studies curriculum. Her love of history continued after retirement when she relocated to California. She is a volunteer docent for the California African American Museum (CAAM) for the past 12 years, presenting and guiding exhibit tours. She is a 7-year OLLI member and has provided presentations in numerous programs, such as Juneteenth and various Black History Month topics.

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Help bring your favorite classes, content, and community to OLLI! OLLI@CSUDH prides itself on providing its members with engaging activities and courses that are educational, informative, and most of all, what YOU want to see as a participant!

We welcome anyone to recommend a new (or request a prior) course, activity, or series for our upcoming term... All you have to do is submit your idea(s) on the Course Proposal Form. (We've also provided the step-by-step process detailing what happens to get a course from proposal to presentation.)

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