Eclectics I   (Open to the Public)  Colorul collage of varied shapes

Alternate Tuesdays • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Mackey Auditorium

A wide variety of topics of interest to OLLI members and guests are presented by experts recruited and hosted by coordinators.



What is Islam? Who are Muslims?

September 12

Speaker : Jamaal Zaheen, Outreach Coordinator at the Islamic Institute of Orange County

Coordinator : Fritz von Coelln

Sharia? The hijab? Modesty? Mecca? Praying five times a day? We live in a time when the lens is really blurred as it relates to Islam and Muslims. Ignorance has led to the rise of Islamophobia and discrimination and marginalization of Muslims. Many people don’t know that Muslims constitute about 25 percent of the world’s population. The fastest growing religion in the world is Islam yet it’s the most misunderstood religion in the world. Join us as we learn about Islam and break down the misconceptions that people have.

Renewing America’s Math Story

September 26

Speaker : Martin Bonsangue, Professor of Mathematics, CSUF

Coordinator : Jim Monroe 

In a previous presentation we discussed America’s Math Story: where we came from, where we are, and where we could be. Today we will look at the mathematics itself and how each person, child or adult can learn to be mathematically powerful. One warning, though—we’re all going to do some math today!

 Tales of a Great University

October 10, 24 • November 7, 28

Speakers : To be announced in the OLLI Events Open to the Public newsletter

Coordinator : Janice Jeng

This is one of the signature programs of OLLI’s Collaboration Program with the University. The focus is on CSUF programs, activities and challenges. Speakers will be encouraged to tell real-life stories that go beyond PowerPoint. Each class will introduce a different leader of one of the University’s eight colleges. President Garcia and her leadership team also will be invited to discuss University strategic plans, finances and enhancing student success. Other campus leaders may speak on the role of sports in education and campus facilities planning, including the Irvine satellite campus and the draft 2025 master development plan. By participating in this course, campus leaders also learn about OLLI and our contributions to the University.