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Study Groups   

Designed and led by members, study groups are free to all OLLI-UW members. Groups offer participants self-directed learning opportunities to focus on a chosen topic for a sustained period in a community of members with similar interests. Osher peer-led study groups are exclusively for OLLI-UW members. Study groups are currently meeting via Zoom.

Foreign Policy Study Group
Dates: Tuesdays, June 1, July 6, August 3
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

If you are interested please email

This study group will meet at least monthly via Zoom to focus on foreign policy issues. The group will continue discussing topics from the Foreign Policy Association website, with the goal of selecting future meeting themes/topics of interest to group members. Other focused discussion topics and materials will be encouraged and explored, as a continuing goal of the group will be to evaluate unbiased study resources on foreign policy. Anyone can join this study group at any point in the schedule and not worry about 'catching up'.

Meeting format will include an ongoing theme topic discussion, and current events. This group’s facilitator, Rick Fuhrman, Ph.D., has an extensive experience working in the special operations and intelligence communities.

Twenty-two specific topical video overviews are currently free during the pandemic. Great Decisions Television - Full Episodes  The UW center for an informed public is also a resource for spotting strategic disinformation.  A possible future group project may be to participate in the 2021 Great Decisions Program.


North Seattle Contemporary Reads Book Group
This group is currently full, to be added to the waitlist email

Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Book Selections

January 10: The Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
February 14: Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
March 14: Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
April 11: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
May 9: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Harris
June 13: Astoria by Peter Stark
July 11: Facing the Mountain by Daniel Brown

Mercer Island Current Events Roundtable
This group is currently full, to be added to the waitlist email

Schedule: Weekly, every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Join other OLLI-UW members in discussing the events of the day in an informal and friendly environment. You may also join the group as an observer. The observers will be able to sit back and relax and learn from the dialogue. Whenever they are ready to participate in the conversation, all they have to do is raise their hand. Elliot Newman facilitates this group.