Lecture Series

We hold four Lecture Series each year. During the fall and spring semesters, lectures are one-hour long and are held Friday afternoons. In January and May, we hold lectures six to nine mornings from 10:00-11:30 am. All lectures are held in the Room A, the large lecture hall on the first floor.

Due to limited seating, reservations through Eventbrite are required to attend lectures. Each lecture series is announced about one month ahead of time through our email list and e-newsletter as well as in paper format available in the OLLI Social Spaces or Office on the fifth floor.

In the past 30 years, more than 1200 speakers have given a lecture at OLLI. Topics range from art, music, and literature to public policy, economics, and politics to astrophysics, history, and sports. We strive to present experts on a wide range of issues.

Below is a sampling of lectures offered during 2016-2017.

  • The American Songbook, Donnie McKethan
  • Brexit and Its Aftermath, Michelle Egan
  • The Changing Face of American Sports, George Solomon
  • A Conversation with Marty Barron, Editor, The Washington Post
  • The Criminalization of Poverty, Peter Edelman
  • The Dreamers' Story, Donald  Graham
  • Life Is Polyrhythmic, Ysaye Barnwell
  • Predicting the Next President: The Keys to the White House 2016, Allan Lichtman
  • Washington National Opera as Classic, Contemporary, and American, Francesca Zambello
  • Who Gets What: Victim Compensation after Tragedy, Kenneth Feinberg
  • Will There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?, Elliott Abrams

Suggest A Speaker

We welcome suggestions of speakers for our Lecture Series. To recommend a speaker, please call the office at 202-895-4860 or email OLLI@American.edu.