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OLLI Cafe Spring Semester Presentations – Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30, Rooms 113-116




March 24th – The Grotesque Side of Yale University | Matthew Duman

Matthew Duman will highlight an extensive selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the Collegiate Gothic buildings of the Yale University campus. Using original photographs from his book: An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University, Matthew explores the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a dynamic place of learning and enlightenment.

March 31st – Changing Face of Southern China | Edward Cocchiola

Edward Cocchiola will discuss the six weeks he spent living and teaching in Southern China. A PowerPoint will compliment an interactive presentation on the dynamic and rapidly changing far Eastern superpower.

April 7th – The Art of Daycation | Nina Lesiga

A daycation is a one-day getaway without needing to stay overnight. Travel Artisan and Storyteller Nina Lesiga will share ways to achieve experiential, authentic and intriguing trips. In this fast-paced world, it’s essential to refuel and to rebalance personal perspective for well-being and personal happiness. Learn about day trip possibilities and ways to achieve that “gone away” feeling. Nina was featured in the June 2016 issue of Connecticut Magazine for her Art of Daycations.

April 21st – Waterbury Interactive: Our City, Our Neighborhoods | Shakespearience Productions

An interactive, multigenerational, live performance featuring professional actors and OLLI members!

April 28th – OLLI at UConn 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us in celebration 10 years of friendship, giving, and learning at OLLI at UConn. The 10-year milestone event will feature a keynote presentation, live band, refreshments, and more! You will not want to miss this!


Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and tea! OLLI Cafe presentations are open to all OLLI members. These are not courses, and cost no additional charge – OLLI Cafe is one of the benefits of your annual membership. Pre-registration IS required. The weekly event features a guest speaker followed by a short Q&A session.