Dear OLLI at ASU community,

Dear OLLI at ASU community,

- What was Marco Polo thinking as he explored East Asia?
- Why is Jerusalem the epicenter of three huge world religions?
- Are physics really “spooky,” and how so?
- What is the relationship between politics, religion, and economics?
- How are new technologies impacting sustainability efforts?

If any of these questions cause you to think deeper about the world – why it works the way it does, and the issues that surround it – then you are in the right place. Welcome to another semester of transformative learning experiences! I am excited to present to you another class schedule packed with classes taught by our world-class OLLI at ASU instructors. It is time once again to expand our perspectives, converse with friends, and become involved with Arizona State University and our local communities.

Learning indeed moves beyond the classroom! OLLI at ASU now has 25 community partners, including our newest ones: the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Salt River Brass, and the Japanese Friendship Garden (a healing oasis right in the middle of our thriving metropolitan area). Please visit our website to learn more about our phenomenal partners!

This fall, we are delighted to send an OLLI at ASU member, Dr. Cathy Eden, as our own special ambassador to a three-month internship with our lifelong learning colleagues at Dublin City University, in Ireland! During her stay, Cathy will be building a global platform for learning exchanges between communities, creating ties that span oceans.

Our local community ties are stronger, too. Dr. Rosemarie Dombrowski and her volunteer leadership team have been collecting innovative poetic, prosaic, and creative visual arts from members of our beloved OLLI at ASU community. Out of these signature efforts, the first annual OLLI at ASU Anthology will be launched this fall! For more information about our launch party in November, see page 34. Also, our heralded third annual OLLI at ASU Scholars Event, a potpourri of scholarly topics presented by OLLI at ASU members for your education and pleasure, will once again take place at the Tempe Public Library at the end of the semester. Stay tuned!

OLLI at ASU is growing phenomenally; our cherished members support us phenomenally. In addition to the magnificent ways in which OLLI at ASU members have stepped up to volunteer (for special events, classroom hosting, marketing, planning, and fundraising), your generous financial gifts last year – an impressive total of $37,198! – are being targeted to greatly expand our fall class offerings. We don’t know how to thank you enough!

Importantly, we are proud to announce that the family of our treasured OLLI at ASU member, Skip Schnierow, has chosen to honor and remember Skip’s many contributions and friendships within OLLI at ASU. The family, through Skip’s personal bequest, has supported us in creating the OLLI at ASU Skip Schnierow Class Series, being launched this fall.

We are also deeply grateful to the CDH Charitable Foundation, for a most generous $50,000 gift to support the development of intergenerational programming in the OLLI at ASU community! This gift is a direct result of the proactive work of Patrick Cantelme and Dr. Cathy Eden, who worked on your behalf to connect us to this fine philanthropic organization. Please thank them when you see them!

Thank you, as always, for being part of OLLI at ASU. We cannot wait to see you in classes soon!

Richard C. Knopf, PhD, Director, 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU