OLLI=Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Sonoma State University
"For those 50 years old or better"
Coming this Spring 2022!
PDFs of OLLI lectures will be posted here after each presentation
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Nicole's Future OLLI Courses through SSU
OLLI Spring 2022
Story of Earth
6-week series on Thursdays 3-5pm from April 14th - May 19th
In-person or Zoom? This class will likely be in-person at SSU but the safety situation will be considered as time progresses
The Story of Earth exceeds 4 billion years of time, and much of planetary history is forever lost. Together we will take a trip through space and time to investigate what is known of the formation and evolution of Earth, and seek the locations where ancient clues have been unearthed. We will delve into how time & events leave their marks in minerals & rocks, and analyze how scientists unravel the chemical clues. As we explore planetary-scale events that have changed the Earth, we will also follow in the footsteps of biological evolution. Our focus on unraveling hundreds of millions of years of natural history will be told by the rocks, and the signatures of life embedded within.
Past OLLI Course I have taught through at SSU
Fall 2017: The Dinosaur Revolution: Fossils Finds & Avian Genetics
Fall 2018: Catastrophism: How Natural Disasters Have Affected Earth and Human Evolution
Fall 2019: Geology of California
Spring 2020: Geology of the National Parks (sadly cancelled due to the pandemic but will be offered again Fall 2021!)
Spring 2021: Volcanic Cataclysms That Changed The World
Fall 2021: Geology of the National Parks