Summer Session 1 Courses Start this Week!! (May 16th, 2022)

Monday Courses began last week, but this week marks the full Summer Session 1 opening.

Here are some excerpts from this morning's newsletter:

Check Your Email Often for Osher Updates

Check your email each morning between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. or definitely before you leave your house to go to an in-person class. Last minute cancellations and changes happen overnight. You should be in the habit of checking your email frequently. Also, please read our updates and emails from our program. We purposely do not send unnecessary or fluff emails so that we can bring you the most important and timely news pertaining to the program.

Updates to the Summer Catalog

We have updated the printable Schedule-at-a-Glance section of our Catalog. It can be found on pages 6 and 7.
Remember, course availability status is always current when you view course listings at the OLLI at Pitt Registration site.

Here is a list of all the summer changes so far:

   - Added - Chair Yoga (Online, Summer Session 1 through Summer Session 2, Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm)

   - Moved to Online and Starting a week later on May 25th - Through Varied Lenses: Science as Reality (Summer Session 1, Wednesdays 10am-11:50am)
   - Moved to Online -The Bauhaus and the Masters that Changed the World (Summer Session 1, Thursdays 1:00pm-2:50pm)
   - Moved to Online -Take Your Summer Garden to the Next Level (Summer Session 2, Mondays 10am-11:30am)
   - Moved to Online - Medieval and Renaissance Art in the Region (Summer Session 2, Tuesdays 10am-11:50am)
   - Moved to Online - The Endless War: The First Wave of Iraq/Afghanistan Fiction (Summer Session 2, Wednesdays 10am-11:50am)
   - Moved to Online - Dance and Be Fit (Summer Session 2, Fridays 10am-11:00am)

   - Canceled - A Study of Democratic Presidents From Grover Cleveland to Joseph Biden (Summer Session 1, Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:50pm)
   - Canceled - Unsung Heroes of 20th Century Science and Technology (Summer Session 1, Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:50pm)
   - Canceled - Walking the East End (Summer Session 1, Fridays 10:00am-11:50am and 1:00am-2:50am)
   - Canceled - Animals in Research (Summer Session 2, Tuesdays 1:00pm - 2:50pm)

Is Your ID Current?

Some Covid protocols are still in place and you must have a current Pitt ID to enter university buildings.
Take a look at the date on your current ID card. The card is good until the last day of the month on the card.
If you do not have an ID or it is out-of-date, do not go to Panther Central to get an ID unless you have received an email from Osher. Or contact Pat Szczepanski at to make sure your records are up-to-date.

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Monday Master Classes

Don’t Miss the Monday Master Classes!  In lieu of Monday afternoon classes in the summer, we host a series of unique speakers on a wide variety of topics. Sign up for one or all. All Master classes will be held on Zoom. They begin at 1:15 to allow those who take in-person morning classes time to get home.

This Week (You Can Still Register):

May 16, 2022 at 1:15pm
Jeffrey Newman
New Windows on the Universe: The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument and the James Webb Space Telescope

Next Week: 

May 23, 2022 at 1:15pm
Sean Guillory
Who is Vladimir Putin?

Description: Russian President Vladimir Putin has captured the world’s fascination. Rated as one of the most powerful politicians, Putin has successfully ruled Russia for two decades, and has put it, and himself, on the world stage. His carefully crafted image projects the figure of a strongman, decisive, physically formidable, menacing, and all-powerful. So, who is the man? How should we understand him and his style of rule? What does it mean for Russia and the rest of the world? How do we separate fact from fiction and myth from reality? This talk seeks to provide some answers by uncovering some of Putin’s many layers.

Sean Guillory is the Digital Scholarship Curator at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at University of Pittsburgh and host of the SRB Podcast, a weekly interview show on Eurasian politics, history, and culture. You can subscribe to the podcast with your favorite app at

Check back on the Events Page for more, June Masterclasses will be listed soon!