This Week at OLLI – March 13

Week of March 13

SPRING REGISTRATION BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 14. Register online, by phone, in person or by mail. View the online catalog by clicking here.

  • Date Change- The class To Be or Not to Be: An Exploration of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark was listed in the catalog as starting 4/12. It actually starts on March 29.

  • Click here to check out this semester’s virtual previews.


PLEASE NOTE: The time has been changed for our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & showing of the movie Philomena. The movie will start at 10AM on Friday, March 17. Click here for all the details. 🍀

This Week at OLLI


11:00AM Member Orientation

TuesdaySpring Registration Begins

10:00AM The Iditarod

11:00AM Genes and Cancer (Make-up Class)


10:00AM War in the Skies (Zoom)

12:30PM Bowling Group

1:00PM Walking Group

1:00 Events Committee

5:30PM WWII: Coastal Defense and Military in Narragansett Baby-West Warwick Public Library FREE (more info below)


1:00PM Mah Jonng (lobby)

1:00PM Cosmic Questions

2:30PM Finance Committee


10:00AM St. Patrick’s Day Movie- Philomena 🍀

1:00PM Book Club

1:00PM Chair Yoga (Make-up class)

1:00PM Monty Python (Make-up class)

FREE OLLI PRESENTATION AT WEST WARWICK PUBLIC LIBRARY-World War 2: Coastal Defense and Military in Narragansett Bay.

Wednesday, March 15, 5:30PM  Click here for all the details!

OLLI MEMBERSHIP WELCOME– Monday, March 13 @ 11:00 am-Both current and new members are invited to attend and learn about all OLLI has to offer. We’ll review our current programs, and our special interest groups, all while exploring and becoming more familiar with our OLLI website and registration software. Plenty of time for Q & A.  Bring a friend!  Non-Members are welcomed! Join us! 

MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL MALFORD THEWLIS LECTURE ON GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS. This year’s lecture, “Longevity and the New Map of Life will be presented via Zoom by Laura L. Carstensen, PhD on Monday, April 3, 2023 at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET

As life expectancy increases, conversations about aging often raise concerns.  Many of the challenges stem from a mismatch between living longer and the norms and institutions that guide us through life. Dr. Carstensen will share how a new, more flexible life course could better support longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Click here to register. 



Instructor: Dr. Cindy Tsotsoros  Monday, 4/10 , 10:30-11:45am, Ranger Hall, Room 312  Limit: 15 OLLI members  Registration Required: URI.EDU/OLLI

Come participate in a discussion with the URI Human Development & Family Science graduate students enrolled in a seminar course on older adulthood. The goal of this meeting is to discuss the planning of grants that will be written to impact the local community. One week after The New Map of Life lecture from Dr. Laura Carstenson, students would like to meet, elaborate on some key topics from the lecture, and take action on what was learned during the Thewis Lecture. The action step will be to write grants to serve the community in ways that will help individuals thrive in living toward 100.

MUSIC MATTERS-FREE FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 10AM-11:30AM Presented by Hands in Harmony, Katelyn Belyea and Jeongyeon Hwang.

Join us to learn about Music Therapy and the many ways that music can be utilized to benefit your daily life. We will engage in music-making activities including singing and instrument playing. 

A HUGE THANKS to our Events Committee (Carole Duffy, Pat Rye, Dyann Boudreau and Linda Griffin) for our festive St. Patrick’s Day lobby complete with yummy Irish soda bread! Join us on Friday, March 17, at 10AM for our Irish movie Philomena. We’ll have treats and a special leprechaun surprise for all who attend! Check out our lobby here! 🍀

CALLING ALL CREATIVE MEMBERS– OLLI is looking for creative members to help us represent OLLI in the South Kingstown 300th celebration parade on June 17. Come with your ideas on…big or small. Let’s get creative and have some fun! Join us on March 20, at 1pm

March 29, 2023, 12-1 p.m. Zoom webinar (link provided upon registration)

Lisa Weyandt, M.S.’87, Ph.D.’91 is the director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at URI and a professor of psychology. She is recognized internationally and nationally as an expert on the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is well known for her work investigating the efficacy of prescription stimulants in the treatment of ADHD and the misuse of these medications among college students in the U.S. and Europe.

Click here for more information and to register.


March 16- “The Parkinson Pandemic” by Ray Dorsey, MD, MBA, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics, University of Rochester

March 23- “Enigmatic Haiti: From Prosperous to Perilous (But Still Hopeful…)” by Pépin Accilien, PE

Click for more information and to register.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TEDXURI ‘THE CREATIVE SPARK’-TEDxURI returns to the University of Rhode Island campus on Saturday, April 1, with the theme “The Creative Spark,” a topic selected to show how widespread creativity is in the human experience.

“Creativity is a skill that is useful to everybody, no matter what you do or where your passions lie,” says Vince Petronio, artistic director of the event. This year’s TEDxURI will present several inspirational, enlightening stories about the creative spark. This year’s live TEDxURI event is taking place in Edwards Hall on URI’s main campus in Kingston. All URI faculty, staff, students, families, neighbors, and community members are invited to attend. Prospective students and families may also attend as this year’s event lands on the same day as a Welcome Day for admitted students and their families. Visit for more and purchase tickets by March 30.