Spring 2018 Special Events

At OLLI at UNT, our goal is to provide a variety of excursions that are educationally, culturally, and socially enriching. In addition to our regular information sessions and member socials, we offer our members special on-site lectures and tours of nearby museums and nature centers.

Lone Star Gardening with Neil Sperry

Saturday, February 3, 2:30pm
UNT New College at Frisco, Room 161

Texas gardening expert Neil Sperry will be giving an exclusive free presentation on “Lone Star Gardening” for OLLI at UNT members, followed by a Q&A session. This special event will take place at our UNT New College location in Frisco, TX. Parking is available at no cost. Refreshments will be provided and Mr. Sperry will be signing books following his presentation. There is limited seating for this event, so we encourage members to RSVP early. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

President's Tour of UNT CVAD Building

Monday, February 19, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Join UNT President Neal Smatresk and several top administrators for UNT and the College of Visual Arts & Design on a "hard hat" walk-and-talk tour of this new facility. Designed by the Corgan and Machado-Silvetti architecture firms, the facility will be a four-story masonry building with classrooms, 3D graphics and visualization labs, study areas, seminar rooms, multimedia equipped classrooms, art galleries, administrative offices, meeting rooms and informal work areas. The new building will be a high-performance energy efficient facility with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

Flowers for Algernon (Play)

Saturday, February 24, 7:30pm

This is the compelling story of Charlie, a mentally disabled man, and the strange interweaving of his life with that of Algernon, a mouse. Experimental surgery has been performed on Algernon, increasing his intelligence fourfold. The operation is tried on Charlie, who rapidly changes into a genius, far more intelligent than his teacher, Alice Kinnian, or the doctors who created the operating technique. As Charlie approaches the peak of his brilliance, Algernon shows frightening symptoms of regression. The play becomes a race against time in which Charlie tries to keep his new intelligence long enough to save himself and thus continue what he and Alice have found. This is a different kind of play: poignant, romantic, funny and tragic, but with hope of man's indomitable spirit. Purchase your ticket through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal. Ticket cost for OLLI at UNT members: $5.00.

UNT Basketball with President Smatresk

Thursday, March 1, 7:00pm

Join President Smatresk for an exclusive pregame reception and then help us cheer on the Mean Green men's basketball team as they take on the UTSA Roadrunners. Tickets for this game are complimentary for members. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

Texas Tulips Tour

Friday, March 9, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Join us as we tour the tulip fields at Texas Tulips in Pilot Point. Following the tour, we will have lunch at MOMS in Aubrey. The cost of this tour is $10 per person. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

Tomorrow and Beyond with Jane Goodall

Monday, April 9, 7:00pm

Jane Goodall is coming to UNT! The university's Distinguished Lecture Series is offering a special 50% discount for OLLI at UNT members. Each member who purchases a ticket will be entered in a drawing for a chance to attend the VIP reception with a guest. Starting February 19th, members will be able to purchase their discounted tickets through UNTUnionTickets.com using a special coupon code. For more information, please contact olli@unt.edu.

Thin Line Festival Opening Night VIP Reception

Wednesday, April 18

Thin Line is a one-of-a-kind festival that combines the best of modern media to create an engaging, multilayered experience that appeals to all. OLLI at UNT members have been invited to attend the opening night VIP reception as complimentary guests of the festival. General admission for all other festival events is free. RSVP for the reception through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

Hands on a Hard Body (Musical)

Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm

For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor, and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is "Hands on a Hardbody" only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Purchase your ticket through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal. Ticket cost for OLLI at UNT members: $5.00.

Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

Looking to pick up some knowledge in between OLLI at UNT classes? Pack and bring your own lunch and enjoy talks from visiting professors, courtesy of the University of North Texas and Texas Wesleyan University. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

Beyond Standing Rock: Native Americans and Environmental Justice

Dr. Adam Dunstan
Thursday, February 15
11:45am - 12:45pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline brought widespread attention to what is an invisible but daily reality for Native American nations across North America: environmental racism and sacred land threats. In this lecture, environmental anthropologist Dr. Adam Dunstan outlines critical issues confronting tribes in the quest for true environmental justice.

Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.) Culture and the Importance of Artist-Run Spaces

Arthur Peña
Thursday, March 8
11:45am - 12:45pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Artists have the power to create their own world and invite the viewer to join. What happens when these same artists take ownership of this agency and use it to push against the status quo and challenge the culture around them? Please be aware that some explicit content (including adult language) will be discussed responsibly in this presentation. All content used in the presentation is essential to the narrative of DIY endeavors and artist-run spaces.

Disasters and Our Vulnerability

Dr. Alison Simons
Thursday, April 12
11:45am - 12:45pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Are we all affected by disasters in the same way? Is our environment the only aspect that determines our vulnerability to disasters? We will examine the social structures in our society which dictate who are more likely to be affected by disasters, whatever their nature.

OLLI After 5:00 Lecture Series

Looking for more intellectual stimulation after the school day ends? Consider joining us for OLLI After 5:00, a special lecture series for members where we will enjoy wine and cheese while listening to a select group of speakers. RSVP through the OLLI at UNT Member Portal or by contacting olli@unt.edu.

People Who Have Inspired Me

Dr. Reid Ferring
Tuesday, February 13 & Tuesday, February 27
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

My long academic career, including lots of international travel, has led to my knowing and learning from many individuals who made a difference in my life - both personally and intellectually. I enjoy telling stories about those people and what they have given me, with the goal of "passing their gifts on." For these two lectures, I'll tell about Justus Cohn, whom I met in Israel in 1969, beginning a life-long friendship. Justus lost his family at Auschwitz, immigrated to Palestine and survived four wars. His ability to continue to love life has inspired me until today. My second story is about Zaal Kikodze, whom I met in Georgia in 1993. We became friends like brothers but were separated by his tragic mountain climbing accident in 2005. A hero in the Caucasus, Zaal gave his life to helping others, and for many more he gave us inspiration as a brilliant thinker and humorist.

Do it Now!

Joshua Okpara
Tuesday, March 13
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Joshua Okpara is the founder of The Dedicated Men, an organization at the University of North Texas that promotes academic excellence, leadership, professionalism, and networking among minority male students. He is a motivational speaker and published author of She's the One but You're Not the One Yet! In this lecture, he will be encouraging OLLI at UNT members to chase their dreams, regardless of circumstances. He is currently finishing the last year of his undergraduate degree, majoring in marketing at the University of North Texas.

Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Healthy Aging

Dr. Anna Love
Tuesday, April 3
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Learn nutrition steps you can incorporate daily to help you age well by increasing longevity and quality of life. This lecture includes a nutrition screening to see how you are currently doing on some of the most common pitfalls in nutrition and simple ways to correct them. Dr. Anna Love has degrees in dietetics, sports nutrition, and community health education.

Cyber Forensics and the Dark Web

Dr. Scott Belshaw
Tuesday, April 17
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Robson Ranch Clubhouse

Dr. Belshaw is the director of the Cyber Forensics Lab at UNT New College at Frisco, where his goal is to connect with as many police departments and federal agencies as possible to accelerate investigation processes. In this lecture, he will discuss how law enforcement uses a lab like UNT's to catch criminals. He will also talk about the dark web and its role in criminality.