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Recorded Courses (Via Canvas)   

The following video programs are previously recorded OLLI courses. Learn at your own pace, on your own time and at your convenience. Over 40 hours of programming is available for a single cost of $30. On the day courses begin for the term, you will receive an email with a “Join Code” and instructions on how to access programming.

All programming originates from OLLI at UNL.

The 6888th All-Black Female WWII Battalion – 4 sessions

In February 1945, 800 Women’s Army Corps recruits in the segregated U.S. army sailed to Europe to do something crucial to the war effort: clear a massive two-year backlog of undelivered mail to troops whose morale was low, due to having no contact from home and family. Though they experienced constant credential challenges and discrimination, the 6888th worked around the clock, 7 days a week, processing 65,000 pieces of mail each day.

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? – 6 sessions

Obtain an in-depth introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), including how it works and its applications in various fields such as healthcare, finance, education, and more. Examine ChatGPT - an AI language model that can generate human-like text - with live classroom demonstrations and hands- on exercises. Build your understanding on navigating the ethical and societal issues surrounding AI, emphasizing its potential to impact society in profound ways.

Historic Preservation 101 – 4 sessions

Join Ed Zimmer, retired Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Lincoln, as he explains how historic preservation really works. Explore the mysteries of preservation laws and tools and how they do and do not protect historic sites. Using abundant examples of preservation successes and failures, Ed will demystify the rules and policies that govern development and impact the historic fabric of cities such as Lincoln.

“Kill the Indian to Save the Man:” Genoa U.S. Indian School – 3 sessions

Captain Richard Henry Pratt described his philosophy of assimilation: “Kill the Indian in him, and save the man,” speaking in 1892 to the National Conference of Charities and Correction. Nebraska, a part of this assimilation process, opened its Native American Boarding School in 1884; the 4th largest in the U.S. and it focused on stripping Indigenous children of their language and culture in the name of assimilation. Genoa Indian Industrial School operated from 1884- 1934. At its peak, the schools’ campus housed 599 students who ranged in age from 4 to 22 years old from more than 40 tribes. There is an ongoing search for graves at Genoa and efforts to identify children who died at the school with current confirmed deaths of 86.

Feed Your Gut to Improve Your Health – 1 session

Bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract (microbiota) plays a role in gut health and the health of the entire body. Evidence suggests microbiota can impact one’s glucose, cholesterol, body weight, and even how the brain works. We can positively change these bacteria to promote health through what we eat. Selecting whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are all important parts of a healthy diet that can improve gut health. It is possible to change our microbiota through foods and supplements called prebiotics and probiotics. Learn about the microbiome, its relation to health, modification through diet, and how to apply these concepts.

Nebraska Feeds the World: The Transformation of Grandpa’s Farm – 6 sessions

Nebraska agricultural production is a $30 billion industry. One in 4 jobs in Nebraska involves agriculture. Nebraska ranks fourth among all 50 states in the value of agricultural products. Approximately 44,000 farms and ranches exist in the state with an average size of 1,000 acres. Marketing procedures, domestic and international market channels, developing markets and potential future markets highlight the complexity of marketing ag products. Explore various challenges producers face, including acquiring access to a viable land base through ownership and rental, farm consolidation, and the transfer of assets between generations.

The Politics and History of American Civil Religion – 4 sessions

Americans love to talk about having a “separation of church and state” to justify certain ends. On the surface, separation exists; there is no official national religion, and religious discrimination is forbidden by the 1st Amendment. The reality is quite different, as what scholars call American Civil Religion weighs heavily on issues like American morality, legality, justice, and equality. Topics covered include religious freedom, religious choice, and whether this hypothetical separation of Church and State is real or a pipe dream. Consider theologies behind the dominant streams of American Christianity to understand how political and religious leaders use their understanding of theology for political, social, and economic gain.


Living Your Best Life with Healthy Bones – 1 session

Understanding bone health is important to leading an active life where you can do the things you want to do for as long as possible. Learn about osteoporosis, including tests used for screening, diagnosis, and treatment options. Hear more about ways to prevent osteoporosis, including calcium, Vitamin D and strategies to prevent falls.

Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories: Why People Believe Them and How to Address Them – Fall 2023 Symposium – 2 sessions

In an era characterized by unprecedented connectivity and the rapid dissemination of information, it is essential to critically examine the pervasive influence of misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories. This symposium sheds light on the complex web of falsehoods that permeate our society and explore strategies to mitigate their impact. Prominent experts present cutting-edge research findings, case studies, and real-world examples, highlighting the mechanisms by which misinformation spreads and the detrimental effects it has on individuals, communities, and democratic processes.


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