The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University offers intellectually stimulating, university-quality courses for students age 50 and better. There are no tests or grades, just the thrill of learning with like-minded peers. Free campus parking is included.

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Spring 2020 Osher Membership
Osher Institute at SDSU membership is $30 for new and renewing members, per person, per term. Membership is required each term to register for Osher Institute offerings, unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2020 Osher Offerings

Course Title Dates Days Times Fee
Aging, Finance and Retirement

Four-Week Course: Injury Prevention and Management As We Age
Instructor: Denise Lebsack

2/25-3/17

Tuesday

1-2:50pm

$49

Lecture: Inspiring Women to Financial Independence
Instructor: Daniel Guillen

3/17

Thursday

9–10:50am

FREE

Lecture: Famous Last Words: A Discussion of High-Profile Wills and Estates and What You Can Learn From Them For Your Estate Planning
Instructor: Rebecca Van Loon

4/9

Tuesday

1–2:50pm

FREE

Three-Week Course: The Field of Life: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Instructor: Ron Greenwald & Patti Gerke

4/16-4/30

Thursday

10-11:50am

FREE

Lecture: Advance Care Planning at Any Age
Instructor: Catherina Madani

5/11

Monday

11am-12:50pm

FREE

Arts and Humanities

Four-Week Course: Vietnam & the American War
Instructor: Pierre Asselin

2/12-3/4

Wednesday

3-4:50pm

$49

Lecture: The Beatles 1966 North American Tour
Instructor: Chuck Gunderson

2/13

Thursday

11am-12:50pm

$15

Six-Week Course: Art History: The World's Greatest Buildings, an Architectural Survey
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

2/14-3/20

Friday

9-10:50am

$74

Lecture: Dwight Eisenhower: Soldier, Statesman, Patriot
Instructor: Blaine Davies

2/17

Monday

1-2:50pm

$15

Edventure: Culture & Cuisine of Italy
Instructor: Susan McBeth

2/18

Tuesday

12-2pm

$39

Lecture: Living Forever
Instructor: Bruno Leone

2/18

Tuesday

1-2:50pm

$15

Four-Week Course: Music and the Brain
Instructor: Gail Robinson

2/19-3/11

Wednesday

2-4:30pm

$69

Six-Week Workshop: Films of Resistance and Resilience
Instructor: Rebecca Romani

2/27-4/2

Thursday

11am-1:50pm

$94

Four-Week Course: Connecting Art, Anatomy, and Religion Along the Italian Peninsula
Instructor: Kevin Petti

3/5-3/26

Thursday

2-3:50pm

$49

Three-Week Course: History of the String Quartet
Instructor: Alexander Greenbaum

3/9-3/23

Monday

9-11:30pm

$49

Six-Week Course: Cold War America
Instructor: John Putman

3/9-4/13

Monday

1-2:50pm

$74

Edventure: Native Flora & Fauna of San Diego
Instructor: Linda Hawley

3/17

Tuesday

10am-3:30pm

$39

Lecture: National Parks in Your Neighborhood
Instructor: Constantine Dillon

3/23

Monday

11am-12:50pm

$15

Edventure: Kumeyaay Life Prior to the 1769 European Arrival
Instructor: Linda Hawley

3/24

Tuesday

10am-3:30pm

$39

Six-Week Course: Art History: The Public Art, Architecture, and History of San Diego
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

3/27-5/1

Friday

9-10:50am

$74

Four-Week Course: Deep in Shepard Territory: A Hand's on Study of Sam Shepard's Buried Child
Instructor: Joe Powers

4/1-4/22

Wednesday

10-11:50am

$62

Four-Week Course: The Emerging Middle Class Society: America in the Early 1800s
Instructor: George Gastil

4/4-4/25

Saturday

10-11:50am

$49

Six-Week Course: A Foreign Film Series with Jungian Footnotes
Instructor: Kay Weston

4/6-5/11

Monday

10am-12:50pm

$94

Two-Week Course: Boogie Woogie to Electric Slide: Dance in Popular Culture
Instructor: Anna Massey

4/10 & 4/17

Friday

1-2:50pm

$35

Two-Week Course: Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
Instructor: Jake Manalansan

4/16 & 4/23

Thursday

11am-12:50pm

$35

Four-Week Course: Religion and the American Presidency
Instructor: Edward Blum

4/23-5/14

Thursday

3-4:50pm

$49

Edventure: Disturbed in Their Nests: A Look at the Refugee Crisis
Instructor: Susan McBeth

4/28

Tuesday

11am-1pm

$39

Edventure: Cygnet In The Wings: Behind the Scenes of Our Most Successful Midsize Theatre
Instructor: Rob Lutfy

4/29

Wednesday

11am-1pm

$15

Lecture: The Development of Transportation in San Diego: A Community Perspective
Instructor: Bruce Urquhart

4/30

Thursday

11am-12:50pm

$15

Personal Development/Special Interest

Six-Week Course: Wine Tasting: Old World vs. New World
Instructor: Dane Kuta

2/24-3/30

Monday

3-4:50pm

$179

Four-Week Course: Beginning your Memoir
Instructor: Danielle Kaheaku

3/7-3/28

Saturday

10-11:50am

$49

Six-Week Morkshop: Hands-on with Cybersecurity and You!
Instructor: Hau Nguyen

3/18-4/22

Wednesday

4-5:50pm

$74

Four-Week Workshop: The Zentangle Method
Instructor: Janet Masey

3/24-4/21

Tuesday

11am-1:30pm

$74

Workshop: Mindful Based Stressed Reduction: All-Day Retreat
Instructor: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

3/28

Saturday

9a-4pm

$199

Six-Week Workshop: The Practice of Chi Kung, an Ancient Chinese Technique for Energy Enhancement
Instructor: Yamin Chehin

4/3-5/8

Friday

11am-12:50pm

$74

Lecture: The Last Lecture: Reflections on 38 Years in a Feminist Classroom
Instructor: Susan E Cayleff

4/8

Wednesday

9-10:50am

$15

Lecture: 50 Years at the San Diego Zoo: A Conversation with Chuck Bieler, San Diego Zoo Director Emeritus
Instructor: Kathi Diamant

5/6

Wednesday

2-3:50pm

$15

Politics and Current Events

Lecture: How We Elect Politicians in an Age of Instant Information and Instant Gratification
Instructor: Wendy Patrick

2/8

Saturday

11am-12:50pm

$15

Six-Week Course: Why It’s the FIRST Amendment! Why Freedom of Speech and Religion Remain so Important and Controversial
Instructor: Glenn Smith

2/10-3/16

Monday

11am-12:50pm

$74

Four-Week Course: Inside the Marble Palace: The U.S. Supreme Court's Powers, Procedures, and Predicaments
Instructor: Glenn Smith

2/14-3/6

Friday

11am-12:50pm

$49

Two-Week Course: The Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Humanitarian and Development Challenges Facing the Arab World
Instructor: Farouk Al-Nasser

2/19 & 2/26

Wednesday

11am-12:50pm

$35

Lecture: The Green New Deal: What It Is and What It Is Not
Instructor: Nadine Bopp

2/27

Thursday

2-3:50pm

$15

Two-Week Course: International Bill of Human Rights
Instructor: William Slomanson

2/27

Thursday

11am-12:50pm

$35

Lecture: Climate Change, San Diego, and You
Instructor: Philip Pryde

5/6

Wednesday

1-2:50pm

$15

Two-Week Course: How California Works
Instructor: Howard Wayne

5/8 & 5/15

Friday

11am-12:50pm

$35

Religious Studies

Six-Week Course: Mysticism: The Sacred Fire at the Heart of Religion
Instructor: Peter Bolland

2/10-3/16

Monday

3-4:50pm

$74

Four-Week Course: The Jewish Heritage of two Feminist Catholic Saints
Instructor: Oliva Espin

2/11-3/3

Tuesday

9-10:50am

$49

Six-Week Course: Crime and Consequence: A Judaic Perspective on Criminal Justice
Instructor: Rafi Andrusier

2/13-3/19

Thursday

2-3:50pm

$74

Four-Week Course: What is God?
Instructor: Mathew Wion

3/6-3/27

Friday

2-3:50pm

$49

Two-Week Course: Eastern Philosophy: An Introduction to Taoism
Instructor: Katherine Hassett

3/7 & 3/14

Saturday

10-11:50am

$35

Six-Week Course: The Wisdom of Hinduism
Instructor: Peter Bolland

3/23-4/27

Monday

3-4:50pm

$74

Lecture: So What Happened After Jesus’s Death?: The Inconsistent Easter Stories of the New Testament
Instructor: John Spencer

3/14

Tuesday

1-2:50pm

$15

Lecture: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment
Instructor: Ahmet T. Kuru

5/5

Tuesday

10-11:50am

$15

Sciences

Lecture: Celestial Globes, History, and the Art of Science
Instructor: Gur Windmiller

2/21

Friday

1-2:50pm

$15

Lecture: The Geology of Fossil Fuels and of Human Consumption
Instructor: Isabelle SacramentoGrilo

2/28

Friday

1-2:50pm

$15

Lecture: The Mars to Come: Madness, Genius, and the Work of Nikola Tesla
Instructor: Krizia Puig

3/21

Saturday

10-11:50am

$15

Lecture: The New Science of Astrobiology
Instructor: William Welsh

3/26

Thursday

10-11:50am

$15

Lecture: Earthquakes of the San Diego Region
Instructor: Monte Marshall

4/15

Wednesday

2-3:50pm

$15

Special Events

Spring 2020 Kickoff Event
Staff/Volunteers

1/31

Friday

9:30am-12:30pm

 

SDSU Love Library Discovery Session and Tour
Instructor: Gloria Rhodes

2/20

Thursday

11am-12:30pm

FREE

Getting the Vote: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States
Instructor: Doreen Mattingly

2/22

Saturday

10-11:50am

$15

OLLI Cafe
Staff/Volunteers

2/24

Monday

1-2:30pm

FREE

Feminisim: Not the "F-word" Anymore
Instructor: Anne Haule & Suzanne Sanders

2/29

Saturday

10-11:50am

$15

OLLI Cafe
Staff/Volunteers

3/25

Wednesday

11am-12:30pm

FREE

A Literary Treasure Revealed: "Getting" Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis
Instructor: Kathi Diamant

4/1

Wednesday

1-2:50pm

$15

SDSU Arts Alive Theater Event: Metamophosis by Franz Kafka
Instructor: SDSU Arts Alive

4/12

Sunday

2-4pm

$19

OLLI Cafe
Staff/Volunteers

4/24

Friday

1-2:30pm

FREE