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UK's OLLI Hosts Lecture Series, Last Day to RSVP is Today

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky is hosting their own spotlight lecture series titled “Spotlighting UK’s Research, Programs and Initiatives.”
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky is hosting their own spotlight lecture series titled “Spotlighting UK’s Research, Programs and Initiatives.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2019) — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky is hosting their own spotlight lecture series titled “Spotlighting UK’s Research, Programs and Initiatives.”

The series, held in the UK Hilary J. Boone Center, features three lectures including “Addressing the Opioid Crisis Through Science and Medicine,” “Encore 101: Finding Your Place in a Movement for all Ages” and “The Quest for Equality: The Rise and Fall of Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century.”

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Through Science and Medicine, Tuesday, Sept. 24

This presentation will describe fundamental aspects of the opioid crisis, including its origin, current state, diagnostic criteria and evidence-based approaches to treatment.  Additionally, new research and clinical care initiatives at the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky HealthCare that are addressing issues related to the opioid epidemic will be described including those in the clinic, hospital and community. This lecture will be presented by Sharon Walsh and Roger Humphries.

Encore 101: Finding Your Place in a Movement for all Ages, Friday, Oct. 25

This year, for the first time, there are more people over 60 in the U.S. than under 18, a demographic shift that will continue  and continue to shake things up  for decades to come. Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org and author of “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life,” will provide an introduction to the movement  what’s new, what’s working, what’s coming, and what you can do to join in.

The Quest for Equality: The Rise and Fall of Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century, Tuesday, Nov. 19

Presented by George C. Wright, this talk will cover the slave trade from West Africa to the “New World,” which lasted more than 300 years and involved the largest forced migration in the history of humankind. In addition, he will cover the worldwide quest by “people of color” for the end to discrimination and inequality, led by, among others, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King.

All talks will begin with a happy hour from 4-5 p.m. and special guest lectures will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers and desserts will be included, and a cash bar will be on site.

Registration is needed by Wednesday, Sept. 18. Tickets cost $28, and limited seating is available. Parking will be free at the Hilary J. Boone Center. Purchase tickets by calling OLLI at 859-257-2656 or online at https://uky.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassListingDisplay&int_category_id=1&int_sub_category_id=43&int_catalog_id=.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.