The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UConn Waterbury is pleased to announce details of its enterinaing and educational lectures for February. OLLI offers academic and social learning experiences to anyone 50 or over. All OLLI’s classes are currently taught online, while still offering the broad range of courses and learning experiences for which Connecticut’s only OLLI is known. 

During the spring semester, in addition to over 40 of the high quality courses for which OLLI is known, a diverse and entertaining calendar of special events is available with something for everyone: 

February 23rd, 10:15am: Story Power, a performance and presentation, presented by Nina Lesiga 

The power of stories to connect, to learn, to entertain and to heal is more relevant today than ever before. Many personal storytelling events have gone virtual, sparking new opportunities to enjoy the art of stories shared through the oral tradition. Story performance expert Nina Lesiga will share a performance of true personal stories, explain how storytelling for adults is trending, and how to join in the fun!

February 24th, 7:00pm: Connecticut’s African American Heroines, presented by Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame

African Americans have played a major role in the development of our state, our nation and our world. African American women from Connecticut are no exception! Join us for an interactive multi-media program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of Connecticut’s most remarkable African American heroines. From women’s rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart and legendary contralto and Civil Rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering journalist Adrianne Baughns-Wallace and former State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier, you’ll be inspired as we explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut.

All online events are hosted on Zoom. All events are free for OLLI members. Non-members pay a $10 registration fee to attend most events. 

There is no educational requirement to join OLLI. Many classes are developed and taught by individuals who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and experience with other members. 

OLLI Spring 2021 session dates are February 15th to April 30th. Daytime and evening courses from one – ten weeks are offered every week during the semester, Monday – Friday. Annual registration is $65, with classes starting at $5. 

For registration and further information, visit OLLI’s website at:, email or call 475-222-6261 / 6232.

About OLLI:  OLLI at UConn is a member-driven program offering non-credit learning experiences to all adults who are 50 or older and want to engage socially and intellectually with their peers as teachers and learners. We believe in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone. By participating in OLLI’s activities, our members contribute to the health and success of the entire community.