Judith Lisi, president of the Straz Center, will highlight the center's artistic work and discuss its creative vision at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday during an open house for the fall schedule of the University of South Florida's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI.
Lisi, who holds a master's degree in theater and communication arts from St. Louis University, studied opera at the Juilliard School of Music and with the Metropolitan Opera.
She kicks off the "Back to School'' Fall Open House at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, 14121 N 50th St.
People interested in taking courses just for the fun of it can choose from more than 100 classes and lectures at 30 convenient locations around Hillsborough County.
In north Tampa, the University Village will present classes and lectures featuring Florida Orchestra's director, Michael Francis; Tampa's Poet Laureate, James Tokley; and Mike Pheneger, discussing "Geopolitics Today."
Gail Parsons will host "Know Your Florida Birds" at Lettuce Lake Park. Bharat Pathakjee discusses "Diseases Through History" at the Renaissance Senior Living Center.
At John Knox Village, Susan Harrison takes "A Look at World War II Thrillers," and Jim Young teaches "Beginning Bridge."
For those who dread going north of Kennedy Boulevard, OLLI offers classes at the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay History Center, the Bryan Glazer Family JCC and the Tampa Port Authority.
Canterbury Tower on Bayshore will present "Applying Shakespeare's Timeless Wisdom" by Karen Roberts. Also at Canterbury, Joseph Smith will teach about "Opiate Addiction" and Judge Paul Huey will guide students through "Florida's Judicial System."
The courses are affordable and usually meet weekly for two hours. They are taught by retired professors, current faculty and qualified professionals. There are no grades and rarely is there homework.
To RSVP for the OLLI Fall Open House, call USF Registration at 813-974-5848.