Lecture Series

We offer four Lecture Series throughout the year. During each semester there is a lecture on Friday afternoons from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. In January and June there are lectures on weekday mornings  from 10:00 –11:30 am.



Some of the January 2017 Lectures will be held  in our new Lecture Hall (Room A-101) in 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the Spring Valley Building.  Others will be in the Abramson Recital Hall in the Katzen Center.

Reservations Required

To manage seating, reservations are required to attend a lecture. Two days prior to a lecture we will open seating. You can make a reservation by following the directions below. Attendees may make two reservations per order. Your name must be on the Reservations list in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to ensure your seat is not given away.

Why We Are Using Eventbrite

This summer we had overflow crowds attending several lectures at the Katzen Center. Due to fire code, we had to ask members to leave after they had arrived, which understandably frustrated many people. In order to prevent similar problems, we have decided to use Eventbrite, which is a free, widely used event-management website and app. Please take the time to read the directions below thoroughly.

When Can You Register for a Lecture?

Registration for each lecture opens at 9:00am on the Wednesday two days before the lecture and closes at 12:00 noon on the day of the lecture.

How to Use Eventbrite

  1. Click on the link below (or on our website) for the lecture for which you want to register.

  2. On the Eventbrite lecture page, click on the green "REGISTER" button on the lower right.

  3. A pop-up window with the lecture name will appear. Select whether you want 1 or 2 tickets. Click on the green "CHECKOUT" button.

  4. You will have 8 minutes to finish your registration. Enter your first name, last name, email address, and confirm your email address. Click on the green "Complete Registration" button. A confirmation screen wlll appear and you will receive an email with your ticket(s). You are done.

You do not need to bring your ticket to the door. We will have a list at the door of individuals with reservations.

january 2017 LECTURES

January 2017 Lectures will be announced in December 2016.


OLLI does not endorse any of the viewpoints expressed by the speakers in its series.


We thank the Lecture Committee and all those who suggested and contacted speakers: Chuck Edson, Ken Guenther, Judith Havemann, Tina Fried Heller, Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Denise Liebowitz (Chair), Dorothy Marschak, Mary Fran Miklitsch, Stan Newman, Diane Renfroe, Richard Ringell, Barbara Rollinson, Steve Sherman, and Art Siebens.