Special Events

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at CSUDH


Preview Performance of
Before It Hits Home by Cheryl West

Source: Amazon Set in the early 90’s Before It Hits Home tells the story of Wendal Bailey, a black bisexual jazz musician whose life on the down-low endangers both himself and his loved ones. This complex and thought-provoking play explores the effects of AIDS on Wendal, his lovers, and his entire family. This crisis in the Bailey family is often raw and candid, but is much more than just a story about AIDS. Cheryl West’s award-winning play is ultimately a story about conditional and unconditional love. Contains mature themes and strong language.

OLLI Members have the privilege of attending the “by invitation only” Preview Performance for a special price. Our own OLLI Will Call avoids waiting in line at the box office and provides a chance to socialize and discuss the presentation with theatre-loving OLLI Members and friends before the performance and during intermission. Experience quality theatre and dance right here at our beautiful CSUDH campus, close to home and easy parking.

This performance is part of the CSUDH Department of Theatre and Dance 2017/2018 Season. Registration will close one week before the Preview Performance date.

 Directed by Donis Leonard, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  Thursday, February 22
8:00pm – 10:00pm

 CSUDH University Theatre (Edison Theatre)

Fee: $5

NLLL 001 Section 01 | Course No. 23796

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Good News
Presented by Cup of Water Players

Source: Wikipedia This show is set at fictional Tait College during the roaring 20’s when colleges were as much a social scene as an academic one. Good News first opened on Broadway in 1927 and then was adapted to film in 1947 starring June Allyson and Peter Lawford. Filled with fun, dance, excitement and such great songs as “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “Keep Your Sunny Side Up,” “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “Together” and many more, you will surely enjoy our lively adaptation!

Cup of Water Players is a group of theatrical players who perform on the stage of life. “We take the gift of musical theatre and drama to those who can’t come to us, and we do it for love: the love of theatre, the love of music, and the love of those in need.”

 Facilitator/Instructor: Sherry Erickson, Director and Producer | www.cupofwaterplayers.com

  Wednesday, April 18
10:00am – 12:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1213 (Auditorium)

Fee: $5

NLLL 001 Section 09 | Course No. 23804

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Inflamm-Aging

Source: ARC Nutrition Inflamm-Aging is the name for chronic inflammation when it is associated with age-related diseases. Chronic inflammation differs from acute inflammation—it is insidious and silent. Most, if not all age-related diseases are associated with chronic inflammation such as diabetes type 2, dementia, cancer and of course, coronary artery disease (CAD)—the leading killer of Americans.

Many researchers have, for years, considered chronic inflammation the leading risk factor for developing atherosclerosis (plaque containing cholesterol that obstructs arterial blood flow)—the hallmark of CAD. In fact, even the public has been made aware of chronic inflammation with an article a decade ago in TIME® Magazine “The Secret Killer.”

We will focus first on chronic inflammation processes, specifically in the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Further, we will look at the most current information of its role in diabetes type 2, dementia and cancer.

For the second part, the question is: what are the new “novel” therapies researchers are suggesting to reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation? Medical journals suggest new types of anti-inflammatory prescription medications.

However, evidence continues to mount that even if one takes “novel” medications that natural approaches—such as an anti-inflammatory diet, intermittent fasting and changing other lifestyle factors—may be superior to medication or complement the drugs by reducing the dose and hence the side effects.

Let’s learn how to disrupt Inflamm-Aging for the health of it!

 Instructor: Joy Jurena, RN, MHA, OLLI and Omnilore Member

  Wednesday, April 4
1:30pm – 3:30pm

 Extended Education Building, EE-1222

Fee: Free to OLLI Members

NLLL 001 Section 04 | Course No. 23799

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Preview Performance of
In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) by Sara Ruhl

In the 19th century, doctors began treating women for “hysteria” by bringing them to orgasm using a device we now know as a vibrator. In the Next Room is a fictional take on historical events about one such doctor who provides women this service when brought in by their husbands. The doctor doesn’t realize he is guilty of the same faults as other husbands, until his sexually frustrated wife, after conversations with a wet nurse, convinces him to try something new. Contains mature themes.

OLLI Members have the privilege of attending the “by invitation only” Preview Performance for a special price. Our own OLLI
Will Call avoids waiting in line at the box office and provides a chance to socialize and discuss the presentation with theatre-loving
OLLI Members and friends before the performance and during intermission. Experience quality theatre and dance right here at our beautiful CSUDH campus, close to home and easy parking.

This performance is part of the CSUDH Department of Theatre and Dance 2017/2018 Season. Registration will close one week before the Preview Performance date.

 Directed by Shonni Holmes, M.F.A., NAACP Award Winning Actress, CSUDH Alumna

  Thursday, April 5
8:00pm – 10:00pm

 CSUDH University Theatre (Edison Theatre)

Fee: $5

NLLL 001 Section 06 | Course No. 23801

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Eighth Annual University Library Tour

University Library

The CSUDH south wing library addition is a stunning state-of-the-art, five-story facility serving the educational and cultural needs of a growing university and the surrounding community. The addition features many energy efficient design innovations, such as a technologically advanced study area and a wall of glass providing wonderful natural light and panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to Catalina.

The Library carries on a tradition of showcasing multicultural art exhibits on floors 2 through 5, which we will have a guided tour of during the first hour. The second hour is scheduled on fifth floor with Archivist Greg Williams who will present an exhibit designed to display a portion of the extensive and interesting archive holdings at CSUDH relative to the campus and South Bay Area.

 Tour Guides: Yvette Mack, Library Administration, CSUDH Library and Greg Williams, Director, Gerth Archives & Special Collections, CSUDH Library

  Thursday, April 5
10:00am – 12:00pm

 CSUDH University Library
Participants will meet in the lobby of the library. We suggest parking in Lot 6 near LaCorte Hall. Wear comfortable shoes.

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
Please register by March 26.

NLLL 001 Section 05 | Course No. 23800

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A Taste of OLLI Poetry Fair

April is Poetry Month! Come join Dr. Patricia Cherin, CSUDH Professor Emeritus, and her special guest, Gerald Locklin, for OLLI’s fifth annual Poetry Month Celebration. OLLI Members are invited to participate by reading their own poetry or reading a favorite poem. Dr. Cherin notes that it’s important for all OLLI Members to know that any kind of poetry is welcome. Our Faire will include music, refreshments and enjoyment for all.

 Facilitator: Patricia Cherin, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies, CSUDH

  Thursday, April 12
1:30pm - 3:30pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1213 (Auditorium)

Fee: Free to OLLI Members

Seating is limited; please register by Monday, April 2

Audience members register with the section below:
NLLL 001 Section 07 - Course No. 23802

Reading or reciting, please register with the section below:
NLLL 001 Section 08 - Course No. 23803

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OLLI Members Meeting—Volunteer Appreciation

In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21, 2018) special programs and events will show our gratitude and honor the generous time and expertise given by our wonderful volunteers.

“Volunteerism—the Greatest Gift you can give someone is your TIME. Because when you give your TIME, you are giving a portion of your LIFE that you will never get back.”

All OLLI Members are encouraged to attend this Annual OLLI Members Meeting to celebrate our volunteers and their contributions. Meet OLLI Program Director La Margo Washington and hear about the current state of OLLI at CSUDH and our exciting plans for the future.

A free box lunch will be provided to OLLI Members who register by Monday, April 2.

 Presenter: La Margo Washington, OLLI Program Director

  Thursday, April 19
10:00am – 1:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1213 (Auditorium)

Fee: Free to OLLI Members
Please register by Monday, April 2

NLLL 001 Section 10 | Course No. 23805

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Damsel in Defense

Do you practice Situational Awareness in your day? We see and hear about tragedies in the news that are happening in our
neighborhoods; home invasions, street and parking lot robberies, and much worse, kidnappings and loss of lives.
It is important to be situationally aware in our daily schedules.

As you plan your days’ events, do you also plan for your safety as well? What about the safety of your family? Are you ‘safety savvy’? The tragedies and victims we see on the news didn’t think it would happen to them—but it did.

Our world has changed and our personal safety and the safety of those we love is of critical importance.

Linda Benecke, Damsel in Defense Representative, will be giving a presentation on personal safety with numerous suggestions on how to protect ourselves as well as introducing Damsel in Defense safety tools. Damsel’s mission is to Empower, Educate and Equip everyone with a tool to defend ourselves should we be in an uncomfortable or threatening situation, and give us the confidence in knowing we can self-protect should the need arise.

 Instructor: Linda Benecke, Damsel in Defense Representative

  Wednesday, May 2
10:00am – 12:00pm

  Extended Education Building, EE-1213 (Auditorium)

Fee: Free to OLLI Member and the Public

OLLI Members only:
NLLL 001 Section 11 - Course No. 23806

Non-OLLI Members only:
NLLL 001 Section 12 - Course No. 23807

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Preview Performance
Spring Dance Concert—Revolution

New generations bring changes to the world. Like all generations who have come before, a rebellion begins with new ideas. What will this generation contribute to the ever changing world of dance? Experience a taste of the future with our graduating seniors’ capstone dance concert. This exciting concert of original dance works will showcase the classical, contemporary, and world dance techniques offered by the CSUDH Dance Department.

OLLI Members have the privilege of attending the “by invitation only” Preview Performance for a special price. Our own OLLI Will Call avoids waiting in line at the box office and provides a chance to socialize and discuss the presentation with theatre-loving OLLI Members and friends before the performance and during intermission. Experience quality theatre and dance right here at our beautiful CSUDH campus, close to home and easy parking.

This performance is part of the CSUDH Department of Theatre and Dance 2017/2018 Season. Registration will close one week before the Preview Performance date.

 Artistic Director: Doris Ressl Acosta, Associate Professor of Dance, Dance Coordinator, CSUDH

  Thursday, May 3
8:00pm – 10:00pm

 CSUDH University Theatre (Edison Theatre)

Fee: $5

NLLL 001 Section 13 | Course No. 23808

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 Information & Registration

When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741.
(OLLI needs your registration – even for free events – for grant award reporting purposes... Register today!)