CLEMSON — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University (OLLI) is offering several new programs for the public this fall. Seminars feature a story of life and gardening, a look at the local community of Liberia and a new art house cinema program. The events will be held at the Charles K. Cheezem Education Center at 100 Thomas Green Boulevard in Clemson. The programs are free, but donations are accepted.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Dick Wall will discuss his wife’s book “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening.” Suffering through cancer treatment, Carol Wall turned to renovating her garden and writes of the profound friendship that developed at the end of her life. A memoir about courage, frailty and gardening, Her last work has been described as a “tender narrative that gently probes the complication terrain of American race relations, dealing with serious illness and facing the death of loved ones.” Books will be available for purchase.

On Oct. 16 at 10 a.m., Mable Clarke leads a presentation about the historic Soapstone Baptist Church, one of the oldest African-American church congregations in the Upstate. A centerpiece of the Liberia community in Pickens since just after the Civil War, the church today stands on an outcropping of metamorphic soapstone.  The nearby Old Soapstone Cemetery holds the graves of the community’s first residents, including some born into slavery.

On Tuesday afternoons through Dec. 15, OLLI hosts a new Art House Cinema program. This curated series of film reflects the richness and diversity of our cinematic heritage, a heritage that represents different historical periods, nationalities and styles. Each program begins at 4 p.m. with a short presentation on the movie’s history and background. A facilitated discussion will be held after each viewing.

For more information about the seminars, contact Julie Vidotto at or 864-633-5244.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University
Part of Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department, OLLI at Clemson University is a 1,000-member continuing education program that offers lectures, courses, excursions and social events to adults age 50 and older, as well as access to Clemson events and resources. OLLI at Clemson is part of a network of OLLI organizations across the nation that are associated with a major college and supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation.