Call for OLLI course ideas

There’s an educational outreach program locally that’s looking for some courses for their upcoming school terms…

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The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is to provide intellectually stimulating lifelong learning opportunities geared toward people age 50 and up. OLLI is affiliated with the California State University at Channel Islands.

The typical OLLI members are usually age 50 or better and have never lost their thirst for knowledge. They remain active and vital, living up to our motto “curiosity never retires.” The average age of our members is 65-75, and approximately 2/3 of them are women.
I’d love to bring Shakespeare to this community. I have some ideas percolating in my head, but I’d love to hear what you would like to see taught.

So put yourself in the position of a 60+ year-old, intellectually curious life-long learner. What about Shakespeare (and his plays) would you want to learn about? Are there particular methods that would appeal to you? Are there some that would be “non-starters,” ones that you wouldn’t do under any circumstance? Bear in mind that these courses are once-weekly two-hour sessions lasting either four, six, or eight weeks.

Any ideas that you might like to share, please do, either through the comment thread below or as responses/replies to our Twitter or Facebook entries. It would be greatly appreciated. And be on the lookout for follow-up entries to this as I try to workshop some ideas with you all in the coming weeks.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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