Yes this is what we would all love to be doing right now, but circumstances dictate that we all stay home as much as possible. We hope OLLI at NC State members have the opportunity to sample some of our online classes, which are off to an incredible start this week. But if that is not possible for you, we will be sharing other resources on this site and our Facebook page over the next few weeks. Please send your ideas and contributions to email@example.com.
Classes on happiness and well-being have been very popular with OLLI members in recent years as we all become more aware of the importance of paying attention to our overall health, not just physical. Yale Psychology professor, Dr. Laurie Santos, developed a course for students titled “Psychology and the Good Life,” which has become the most popular course ever taught. One in four Yale students enroll in the course. Now the wider population can benefit from Professor Santos’ findings because the course is available free of charge online by the education website Coursera.org
The online version of the course is “The Science of Well Being” and features lectures by Dr. Santos on things people think will make them happy but don’t necessarily, and how to identify what is more likely to bring lasting satisfaction with life. Activities and and reading material are provided to accompany the lectures.
Click on the link to find out more and register.
If science is more your thing, OLLI members have recommended World Science U, a website launched by Columbia University professor, Brian Greene. Greene is a theoretical physicist, mathematician and string theorist. The Science Unplugged section has dozens of short videos and animations to answer questions you may have on topics like dark matter, quantum mechanics, relativity and much more. The site is very easy to explore and courses are free. “Greene has a rare gift for explaining the most challenging scientific ideas, and everyone can appreciate his refreshingly insightful explanations.” — Jennifer Birriel in Astronomy. Watch Professor Green explain the Anthropic Principle in this short video clip https://youtu.be/xPrpurvoX0Y
Click on this link for the World Science U website http://www.worldscienceu.com/
And now settle back in your chair and enjoy this jazz concert from the Lincoln Center – The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck featuring the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – heavenly!
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
Explore the extensive collection of the Natural History Museum in London without leaving your home – virtual tours are offered as well as just browsing the collection online https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum
Volunteer from your Home
Are you a knitter? Let’s Knit-For-Note from Home! OLLI has been collecting scarves, hats and mittens from members to donate to Note in the Pocket. They are included in packages of clothing distributed to children in Wake County who need a supply of clothing to be able to go to school. Keep your items until we meet again!
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