IN CONVERSATION: The Voices of OLLI

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NOW AND THEN — Scary Times (1968 V 2022)

OLLI members and Cal State Students compare Coming of Age and getting it together when the World is falling apart.

Good Grief: Coping with Sorrow

OLLI luminary and author Ray Smythe discusses his new book on anguish with Dr. Arlette Stella Poland, who teaches courses on Death and Dying, and his friend Suzy Walker, who recently lost her son.  Theirs is an engaging conversation about life after loss, splashed with tears and laughter.

A Conversation with the CSUSB Preseident, Tomas Morales

Dr. Tomás Morales, the President of CSUSB, talks to us about OLLI's vital role in the life of not only its members but the entire Palm Desert campus. If you think this former New Yorker doesn't speak from his heart ... fuh·ged·da·boud·it!

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CSUSB & the Coachella Valley Mean Business

Two OLLI luminaries, well versed in business success, share ideas with a pair of Cal State students on entrepreneurship and why it is so popular these days with people of all ages.

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I LUV LA. I LUV NY. I LUV …

An Angelino and New Yorker debate which town is tops -- from tasting a meal to falling in love. However, the conversation lands at a location far different than either Gotham or Tinseltown. 

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Pinocchio’s Nose: Reading People with the Pros

Do you know how to spot a liar?  Trial lawyers Harry Schaffner and Lara Bloomquist reveal some of their courtroom techniques to get at the truth.

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A Toast to Champagne…and Other Sounds, Sights, and Textures

Two OLLI food and wine connoisseurs explore how sights, sounds, and textures play a major role in flavor perception, sometimes even more than taste or aroma.

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A Thing or Two about Twins

Become a twin for a time.  OLLI member, Nanci Smaby, and Program Director, Johnna Norris, invited their identical twin sisters to a virtual members coffee hour.  Surprises, secrets, and insights await.

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Story Finders

Popular OLLI film instructor, Butch Epps, and gifted writer/poet, Paige Wajda, explore the art of finding stories on screen, on the page, and most unforgettably, the story within ourselves.

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Food, Wine, and What Your Nose Knows

Shawn Richcreek, wine executive, and OLLI instructor share a “sparkling” conversation about food, wine, and what your nose knows with dining maven and consultant, Shawn Shepard. A delightful pairing.

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