Study Groups 

Designed and led by members, study groups are free to all OLLI-UW members. Groups offer participants self-directed learning opportunities to focus on a chosen topic for a sustained period in a community of members with similar interests. Osher peer-led study groups are exclusively for OLLI-UW members.

To register for a study group, please email olli@uw.edu
Seattle- UW Campus Plato Study Group  **New
Location: UW Main Campus, Savery Hall, Room 167
Schedule: Weekly, Tuesdays October 2 - December 11
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We’ll discuss the dialogues of Plato, one per week, beginning with Protagoras. In general we’ll begin with a basic understanding of the text, proceed to our understanding of Plato’s intent, and end with our own assessments. The facilitator will pose questions for the group to respond to and discuss. This group is facilitated by David Harrell.  

To register for a study group, please email olli@uw.eduThere is no fee for this group, but you must be an OLLI-UW member.  


Contemporary Reads at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
Location: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park (North Seattle)
We meet in the hallway at the bottom of the elevator, usually at tables in front of the entrance to the King County Library.
Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Monday of each month (except July & August)
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM

September 10, 2018
Book Selection: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

October 8, 2018
Book Selection: The Sympathizer by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen

November 12, 2018
Book Selection: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

December 10, 2018
Book Selection: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 

January 14, 2019
Book Selection: Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

If you are unable to find the group upon arriving to the location, please feel free to ask the information desk for help.


Everett Book Group  
**This Study Group is currently full but accepting people for a waiting list.
To register for a study group, please email olli@uw.edu
Location: Everett Carl Gipson Senior Center; 3025 Lombard Ave, Everett, WA 98201
Schedule:  Weekly, Wednesday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM  1st meeting- Sept 5th

Current book selection: Washington A Life by Ron Chernow  

Join this book group which will both read and discuss the current book. This group will be organized so that you will read sections of the book on your own and then come together to discuss that section of the book. There is no fee for this group, but you must be an OLLI-UW member. This group is facilitated by Kiely McFerren.

Everett Book Group 
**This Study Group is currently full but accepting people for a waiting list.
Location: Everett Carl Gipson Senior Center; 3025 Lombard Ave, Everett, WA 98201
Schedule: Every Monday 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Current book selection: An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 

Join this book group which will both read and discuss the current book. This group will be organized so that you will read sections of the book on your own and then come together to discuss that section of the book. There is no fee for this group, but you must be an OLLI-UW member. This group is facilitated by Sharon Severson.

Everett Study Group  
Books that Matter: The Power of Myth

This group will meet Mondays from 10:00 to 12:00 at the home of Helmi Hahler for eight consecutive weeks, beginning Sept 17, 2018.  This study group is facilitated by Helmi.

During these meetings the group will discuss Joseph Campbell and Billy Moyers' book The Power of Myth.


Mercer Island Current Events Roundtable
**This Study Group is currently full but accepting people for a waiting list.
Location: Mercer Island Community and Events Center
8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040  

Updated Schedule: Weekly, every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM 

Join other OLLI-UW members in discussing the events of the day in an informal and friendly environment with a beautiful view of Lake Washington and Bellevue.  You may also join the group as an observer.  The observers will be able to sit back and relax and learn from the dialogue.  Whenever they are ready to participate in the conversation, all they have to do is raise their hand.  The City of Mercer Island provides free coffee to add to casual but interesting experience.  Elliot Newman facilitates this group.  Please register at olli@uw.edu or 206-616-1462 if interested.  Meets Wednesdays 10-11:30am

Weather cancellation policy: The Roundtable meeting will be cancelled if the Mercer Island School District cancels school.


Lead a Study Group
If you are interested in leading a study group, check out the OLLI-UW Study Group Overview. This one page document outlines the criteria for a study group, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the group facilitator and the process for initiating a study group.

Please note, all study group facilitators must also follow the University of Washington volunteer guidelines. Volunteer agreements and time-sheets can be found here.