Immigration Attorney to Teach OLLI Class on Timely Topic

Classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas range from ancient history to current events, and nothing could be more current than immigration law, a topic in the news multiple times a day.

Nathan Bogart, a practicing immigration attorney in Fayetteville since 2010, will teach “A Legal Look at Immigration” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Drake Airfield, 4500 S. School Ave., Fayetteville. Registration for this and other OLLI classes may be done by visiting the website or calling 479-575-4545.

Bogart dates his interest in immigration back to time he spent in Spain as a child. He received the equivalent of a lawful permanent residence permit there.

“I was fascinated with how the system worked, how some people were viewed favorably and allowed to stay and others were not,” he said. “I have always been a closet sociologist. I’m interested in how groups of people mix, how cultures mix.”

This will be Bogart’s first time to teach a course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute but he has made numerous presentations to community groups and other lawyers. OLLI is a member-driven, nonprofit organization based in the College of Education and Health Professions. It provides opportunities to seasoned adults to share intellectual interests, make new friends, explore cultural topics and other thought-provoking subjects, and exchange ideas with peers.

In class, Bogart will cover inadmissibility versus deportability, family-based procedures, employment proceedings, asylum and refugees, undocumented immigrants and removal proceedings.

“My goal is for people to think more deeply on the topic,” he said. “Immigration is such an emotional issue. I have always struggled to understand emotions on either side. Every country has a system to regulate who comes into the country. I want people to stop and think, why do we have the system we have? Is my emotional reaction to the system appropriate?”

Some politicians play to fear, making people afraid of immigrants, Bogart said, and he encourages people to try to look beyond their fear and consider the issues rationally.

It is also important for people to have a good understanding of immigration law because immigration touches every aspect of society, he said.

“We live in a region where we have seen that perfectly,” Bogart said. “Twenty years ago, Northwest Arkansas looked completely different and a lot of that is due to immigration, although some of it is from people coming here from other places in the U.S.

“Immigrants have completely reshaped everything here,” he continued, “from the economy to the languages we hear when we are out taking care of our daily business and the food we eat.”

Immigration law is complicated, second only to the tax code, Bogart said.

“There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all situation, and both extremes on the issue tend to want to apply one-size-fits-all but it just doesn’t work,” he said.

Teaching others helps him expand his thinking on the issues and improve his approach to topics the next time, Bogart said.

To see other classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, visit the spring course catalog online.

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OLLI Social Update

The OLLI wine/cocktail social this evening (4/27) at Sassafras Springs vineyard and winery has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for May. New date to be announced soon!

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What is Lifelong Learning?

“Lifelong learners are motivated to learn and develop because they want to.”

Does this sound like you? Do you find yourself wanting to learn more and experience more in life, but aren’t sure how? Come check out our Intro to Lifelong Learning course at the Drake Campus Tuesday, February 21, at 9:00 am. The class is free, and we can teach you everything you need to know about lifelong learning at OLLI – U of A. Come see just how fun learning can be- even long after you’ve been a student! There are many unique opportunities to get involved with OLLI. Learn how to maximize your membership and enhance your experiences. Let this class be that step in that right direction for your life.

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Featured Courses for the week!

Hi OLLI members and friends,

Registration is open for the spring semester. Visit our registration website to enroll TODAY!

OLLI kicked off the semester this week at Drake Airfield with, Civil War – Western Theatre.

Other programs beginning this week include:
Feb. 16: Making Meetings Matter
Feb. 18: Artificial Intelligence (Limited seats remain)

Featured courses beginning next week:
Feb. 21: Intro. to Lifelong Learning
Feb. 23: Reformation 500
Feb. 23: Vibrant Living in your 90’s (Limited seats remain)
Feb. 24: Craft Feature Writing
Look out for The Business of Minor League Baseball – An Evening with the Naturals, on April 20. Tickets to game included! Register today!

For full course updates and enrollment numbers, click HERE.
Visit our website to register today!

If you have any questions, please let our office know.
Have a good day!
OLLI Staff

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Priority Registration is open!

Priority registration is open for current members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas.

Visit the OLLI registration website to explore all the innovative, fun and exciting courses and programs being offered this semester. Courses are already filling up so don’t waste time, reserve your seat now, by registering TODAY!

To register click HERE!


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Invites Public to Open House Feb. 2

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas invites members and the public to its annual spring open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Bella Vista room of the Chancellor Hotel, 70 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville.

“It is a very exciting time to be a part of OLLI as we look ahead to the institute’s 10th anniversary at the U of A in 2017,” said director Josh Raney. “OLLI is not only a vital part of the university in carrying out its mission but our community as well by providing a valuable and needed service that more people want to engage in. I invite members of the U of A community and residents of Northwest Arkansas to attend our open house and learn about opportunities to expand their knowledge and grow interest. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, entertainment and door prizes.”

Free parking is available in the city parking deck behind the hotel.

“Whether you join as a member, attend courses and events, or propose a class to teach, I encourage you to join us in promoting lifelong learning in Northwest Arkansas,” Raney said.

The curriculum committee has developed more than 60 courses for the spring schedule that range in a variety of topics.

The spring semester offers a number of courses to aspiring authors or hobby writers, such as “Short Story Writing.” For the adventurer, there is a series of hikes that lead to beautiful waterfalls. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, embark on a journey through its history and discover the impact it still has today. Learn from university faculty in courses such as “Native American Law,” “The Basics of Cannabis,” “Craft Feature Writing,” or “The Homelessness in NWA.” OLLI also offers monthly social outings and special events. More information is available at the open house and on the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute website.

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OLLI Owl Newsletter

olli-in-action-collageThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas has finished up a great fall semester and would like to share some of the highlights and details about the rewarding, engaging and fun opportunities that were held over the course of the semester. Click the link below to read our fall newsletter!

OLLI Owl – Fall 2016

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Give the gift of Learning!

Are you looking for a unique and meaningful gift for friends or family members this year? olli-xmas-gift-cert4-003

An OLLI Membership Gift Card is the perfect gift for those on your Christmas list who love learning, adventure, special events, social activities, and enjoy special member discounts. An OLLI Membership Gift Card is sure to surprise and brighten spirits.

  • Priority enrollment for over 80 courses and special events
  • Members only access to special events, and social & cultural activities
  • Member Discounts for many U of A activities, programs and services

Gift memberships are tax deductible and come with ALL the benefits of regular memberships. Support lifelong learning in northwest Arkansas by giving someone special a membership to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas.

To purchase a gift membership contact us directly at 479-575-4545 or via email: We will send you a lovely OLLI Membership Gift Card for you to share with that special person on your holiday list.

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OLLI Presents Native American Conversations With Retired Professor

Hi OLLI members and friends! We wanted to update you on an upcoming OLLI enewswire-picvent.

On Dec. 3, Greg Gagnon will give a presentation at the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville in an event sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the U of A.

“Native American Conversations: A Brief Discussion of History, Politics and Culture” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum at 202 SW “O” St. The event is free admission and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

A retired American Indian Studies professor, Gagnon will provide a presentation about the historical and contemporary components of the Native American experience in America, including a conversation on the current Standing Rock Tribe protest of the North Dakota pipeline. He will draw on his experience as a Native American scholar and citizen of the Bad River Chippewa Reservation to highlight the unique status of Indians in the United States and explain Native American cultural values.

Some of the topics will include tribal sovereignty, cultural maintenance today, stereotypes, casinos’ impact, contemporary issues, the diversity of American Indians, and historical events.

If you’re interested in attending the event, you can contact the OLLI main office at 575-4545 or RSVP here.

This presentation in partnership with the Museum of Native American History.








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Weekly Course Updates

Hi OLLI members and friends, below is an updated list of course suggestions from the OLLI staff. These courses still have seats available so register TODAY!

Happening this week:
Social Media II: Digging Deeper into Our Digital Space (Nov. 15, 2:00pm) Read more here.
Globalization 2.0: Where Do We Stand? (Nov. 15, 11:00am) Interested in globally interconnected economic system and where the U.S. stands in the modern world? This class is right up your alley. Explore the history and future of globalization with Raja Kali, senior professor in the Sam Walton School of Business.  Read more here.
Elaine, Arkansas (1919): America’s Deadliest Race Riot & Moore vs Dempsey (1923)  (Nov. 16, 9:30am) Read more here.
Butter: Making Your Heart Churn! (Nov. 18, 1:30pm) Read more here.
Beware of Phishing and Other Scams (Nov 18, 1:30pm) If you are tired of getting emails or phone calls and not knowing which are valid and which are illicit then this class is for you. Today there are tons of scams out there so don’t let the crooks have access to your private information. Register for this class to learn how you can keep your private information safe! Register and read more here.
Read about a current scam that robs taxpayers: Taxpayer Phishing Scam

We also recommend these courses which all have seats available:
) Universal Design (Nov. 28, 10:00am)  Unsure what Universal design means or what this course is about? Universal Design refers to a broad-spectrum of ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Come learn how you can design your living space, business or public area to be accessible to all. Read more here. 
2) Women in Science and Mathematics 
(Nov 29, 9:00am) Read more here
3) The 4 E’s of Arkansas’ Ecology: A Story of Change (Nov. 29, 11:30am) Read more here.
4) Kremlin-Secrets of the Soviet Fortress (Nov. 30, 10:00am) Read more here
5) Photo Organization & Beginning Scrapbooking
 (Dec. 1, 1:00pm) Read more here.

For full course updates and enrollment numbers, click HERE.
Visit our website to register today!

If you have any questions, please let our office know.
Have a good day!
OLLI Staff

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