Never Stop Learning

February 22, 2021 Joe Brady

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether, at twenty or eighty, anyone who keeps learning is young.” Henry Ford

Lifelong Learning opportunities at the University of Denver’s OLLI Spring term, and Summer opportunities at Oxford University.

Choose from hundreds of courses from two of the top Universities in the world. Take classes for your own interest, follow your own inspiration and learn something new.


The University of Denver has nearly one-hundred and fifty (150) courses to choose from this spring term including several courses by our own Joe Brady and Jacqui Shumway see below.

Registration begins Monday, February 22, 2021Classes start the week of March 29, 2021Catalog will be posted on February 21st by 10:00 a.m

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements – just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

To view to full catalog and to register see

Summer School at Oxford Online and Short Courses

Study whenever it suits you, from anywhere in the world. 

Our short online courses take place in a virtual learning environment. Most courses are 10 weeks in duration and they all run asynchronously – they have no live-time meetings – so you do not have to be online at any specific time to take the course. You can access the course whenever it is convenient for you, from anywhere in the world.

Class sizes are kept small to maximize interaction between you and your classmates and tutor in the online forums. Students are able to take part in in-depth discussions and receive personalized tutor guidance and feedback.

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Sample units from online courses are available to view from the course demonstration site.

DU OLLI spring term classes by Joe Brady and Jacqui Shumway

Making the World a Healthier Place 

All new topics 

Despite the headline’s drumbeat of gloom and doom progress marches on. Life, health, safety, knowledge, and technology are all getting better around the world. This lecture series will explore the role of lifelong learning in health promotion around the world. 

The Oxford study lectures are part of a long-term study in integrative medicine and lifelong learning. Students will learn about the important research of interest to the University of Denver’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Oxford International Round Table, Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School’s, Osher Institute on Integrative Medicine. These lectures will introduce students to the latest findings in research into lifelong learning and health promotion, that may help determine future directions for lifelong learning here at OLLI and around the world. 

Community Medicine: Medical Science the 21st Century 

“Medical science is important, but community and personal responsibility is crucial”
Walter Bortz M.D. Stanford Medical School

Taking a more holistic approach to health and well-being, Community Medicine is the branch of medicine that addresses prevention, health promotion, restoration, and rehabilitation in the community. Addressing the mind, body, and human spirit, community medical approaches have the potential to reach hundreds of souls at a time. Utilizing resources and practitioners throughout the community, it happens in the clinic, through research, through public education, and online. Learn about the eight pillars of Community Medicine that promise to revolutionize the way medicine is practiced in the future. Get a comprehensive overview of where medical science is headed in the next century in this exploration of holistic medicine and its place in the modern world. 

Giving Peace a Chance: On the evolution of Violence 

We are currently living in the most peaceful, non-violent times in all of human history and almost nobody knows about it. Suffering from historical amnesia and media-driven myopia, most people today are certain that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and that idea is utterly false. Every measurable indicator of violence has declined dramatically in the last few centuries and these declines have accelerated in the last 50 years. Murder rates in the 1200s were 100 times what they are today. Similarly, wars, genocide, and child abuse have declined dramatically; more importantly, social scientists and military historians have a pretty good idea of why. This seminar will review the facts and discuss the idea that for the first time in world history, we might be able to truly give peace a chance. 

Genetics, Epigenetics, and Lifestyle 

Epigenetics is the study of what turns genes on or off. As technology advances in the field of genetic engineering, the age of “personalized” medicine may be a reality in the near future in which treatments can be tailored to individual patients’ genes. Learn about the latest research into how genes may be modified by lifestyle factors. Exciting new research is suggesting that self-awareness, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, exercise, lifelong learning, and other health behavior changes can improve gene expression patterns and lead to healthier outcomes. 

Lifelong Learning: Improving Memory, Learning, and Concentration 

Do lifelong learning programs really help improve memory, learning, and concentration? Modern research has confirmed that the brain responds to being exercised just as the muscles do. The class will discuss safe, evidence-based yet natural way’s to improve memory, learning, and concentration. This class will explore a variety of proven techniques to improve memory at any age as well as some specific age-related concerns. When is memory lapse normal, and when is it not? 

Meditation in Motion: the Art and Science of Tai Chi

Experience for yourself the accumulated wisdom of centuries with the timeless exercise of T’ai Chi. According to the Harvard Medical Health Publication, “Tai chi is often described as meditation in motion, but it might well be called medication in motion”. Designed to be a hands-on learning experience, this class will explore the principles and basic exercises in T’ai chi and the growing body of evidence of its value in treating or preventing many health problems. This introduction to T’ai Chi Ch’uan is both practical and participative, the course introduces you to the basics of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, the skills, and principles involved. These exercises can be a powerful complement to medical intervention. Modern studies have reported positive effects of Tai Chi on balance and fall reduction, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, COPD, heart disease, depression, and even schizophrenia. Many more studies are underway to explore the medical benefits of this mind/body exercise. Topics for discussion will include the global health care implications of Tai Chi as well as applications in daily life.

America: “Diversity is our Destiny”

The funny thing about melting pots, the final result is not always the color you would predict.  From the founding of our democracy, America has been a refuge for people from all over the world, of every race, color, and creed. As we move into the 21st century the forces of diversity threaten to change the face of our nation again. Change causes stress, but it is not necessarily a bad thing. The diversity of America is what makes us unique, drives our creativity, and ensures a healthy gene pool for future generations to build upon. Come explore the wonderful diversity that is the state of Colorado as we address the positive impact that each wave of newcomers to Colorado has.

brought. From Native Americans to the Spanish conquistadors, from cowboys to world war two  Japanese internees, from the KKK to the age of Jazz.

Exploring the Promise of Traditional Chinese Medicine 

Take a journey through 5000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine while learning about the history, theories, and clinical applications of the world’s most widely used form of Traditional Medicine. This exploration of holistic medicine will teach you a wide spectrum of choices for taking care of your own health that focuses on prevention and self-healing. This lecture series is a comprehensive exploration of the eight pillars of traditional Chinese medicine. This course will focus on the roots of this ancient medicine as well as the evidence base for its potential in modern clinical settings. Along the way, we will discuss the phenomenon of Qi that governs traditional Chinese medicine and the nature and characteristics of the various treatment modalities used in the modern clinic. We will also explore the 5000-year history of traditional Chinese medicine and look at where future research may lead. Learn to make sense of alternative medicine and what it can do for you.