Lifelong Education Set for This Fall at Osher Institute

Friday, August 21, 2015
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is on a mission to educate and engage students ages 50 and up. Registration is open for classes that start September 8.

OLLI aims to provide thought-provoking and interesting educational programming that will result in engaged lifelong learners. It offers classes, interest groups and events. Stimulating and provocative six-week courses, taught by current and retired SF State professors and other experts, provide personal and social enrichment without homework and grades and in intimate classroom environment with no more than 45 students to a class.

“A number of research studies show that both maintaining cognitive demand (doing things that require thinking) and engaging in meaningful social activities over a lifetime contribute to cognitive health,” says Maureen Turner, a neuroscientist and OLLI instructor. “Getting out and coming to classes, like the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), provides an opportunity to do both those things on a regular basis.”

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Interim Dean Daniel Bernardi, is one of OLLI’s newest instructors, teaching a class this fall titled Signs of Aliens: Religion, Law, Psychology and Alien Abduction Narratives. Other courses include U.S.-Cuban Relations taught by History Professor Abdiel Oñate, Pursuing Justice When Crime Gets Personal taught by Greg Woods, Introduction to the Films of Great Britain taught by Mary Scott and Exoplanets taught by Astronomy Professor Stephen Kane.

To join or for more details, call 415-817-4243 or visit the OLLI website.

Classes are offered at both the Main Campus (1600 Holloway Avenue) and Downtown Campus (835 Market Street, Sixth Floor).

OLLI is housed in College of Liberal & Creative Arts, alongside the School of Cinema, recently named the 19th best film school in the country by The Hollywood Reporter.

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