The OLLI project at California State University Dominguez Hills is funded by a grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is intended to provide university-level discussion of important topics to seniors and others who are limited in mobility or who cannot travel to a university to attend such lectures and discussions. OLLI has been offering programs since the spring 2003, which makes spring 2006 their sixth series.
The program is one-hour in length and is hosted. All broadcasts are live from the university television studio in Carson, California, aired on cable channel LA 36 on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, starting February 8 and ending May 10. Other cable channels in the greater Los Angeles area carry the broadcast live, including channel 56 in Pasadena.
Estimated viewing audience in the city of Los Angeles alone is estimated to be approximately 75,000 to 125,000. The broadcasts are interactive, featuring viewers' participation via telephone and email. Each broadcast includes clips from film and television clips chosen by the presenter to illustrate the topic, a pedagogic method used to engage “seasoned” learners. Each presentation is supported by a Website with resources for learning more on a topic and interacting with others. OLLI archives the presentations on their website, where past presentations are currently available for viewing.
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA has been invited to participate in our spring 2006 televised lecture series entitled "The Law and Criminal Investigation in Film Television, and Literature." This series of one-hour presentations is part of a project to expand learning-in-retirement experiences for seniors. The series intends to examine law and criminal investigation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Foster, the author of “Police Technology (Prentice Hall, July 2004)” will appear on March 15, 2006, from 1PM to 2PM and will be presenting “Cyber Crime.”