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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Membership is required to register for Osher offerings unless otherwise noted.

2018 Summer New Term Membership (not required for South Bay offerings)

2018 Summer Renewing Term Membership (not required for South Bay offerings)


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Summer 2018 Osher Offerings

Course Title Dates Times

Preview Video Course: Cross-Cultural Communication
Instructor: Alejandro Castañeda


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Workshop: Intro to Furniture and Woodworking: Making a Shaker Table
Instructor: Liz Koerner


1–4 pm

Preview Video Lecture: The Labyrinth of Personal and Collective Memory
Instructor: Oliva Espín


11 am–12:50 pm

Special Event: OLLI Café


11 am–1 pm


Course: Chinese Politics and Society under President Xi
Instructor: Yifu Lin


3–4:50 pm

Lecture: Climate Law & Policy
Instructor: Kath Rogers


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Mozart's Don Giovanni in the Age of #MeToo
Instructor: Francis Thumm


10–11:50 am


Lecture: Diving Seals and Wandering Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of San Diego's Marine Mammal Community
Instructor: Annalisa Berta


9–10:50 am

Lecture: Our Water, Our Future
Instructor: Ehsan Goodarzi


11 am–12:50 pm

Workshop: Intro to Furniture and Woodworking: Making a Shaker Table
Instructor: Liz Koerner


1–4 pm

Lecture: Women's Literature in the Franco Era
Instructor: Sarah Heras


9–10:50 am

Edventure: Shakespeare at The Old Globe Theater: The Tempest
Instructor: Karen Kenyon


8–11 pm

Preview Video Special Event: Women Warriors
Instructor: Annette Hubbell


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Notorious: Christopher Marlowe and Edward II
Instructor: David Flietner

7/18 & 7/25

2–3:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: A Neighborhood in Flames: The Crash of PSA Flight 182 and Its Aftermath
Instructor: Alexander D. Bevil


11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Chaos and Fractals: Why Can't We Beat the Roulette?
Instructor: Ricardo Carretero


10–11:50 am


Preview Video Lecture: Atomic Culture in Early Cold War America
Instructor: John Putman


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: 1968: The Year the Dream Died
Instructor: John Putman


1–2:50 pm

Course: Real News, Fake News? Understanding Current Events
Instructor: Mary McKenzie

6/21 & 6/28

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: The Art and Science of Glass
Instructor: Keith Wahl


10–11:50 am

Preview Video Lecture: XETV/CW6: Roadkill on the Digital Highway
Instructor: Chuck Dunning


10–11:50 am


Preview Video Lecture: Nicolo Machiavelli: The Dark Prince?
Instructor: Bruno Leone


1–2:50 pm

Course: What Can We Know?
Instructor: Matthew Wion

6/15 & 6/22

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Meet the Men and Women Who Created Modern San Diego, 1909 to 1925
Instructor: Rosanne Goodwin


10–11:50 am

Lecture: Personal Identity: Is There A Real "You"?
Instructor: Matthew Wion


1–2:50 pm

Lecture: A Journey into Swahili
Instructor: Ann Johns


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Emotional First Aid: Practical Actions to Help Those in Crisis
Instructor: Shelly Pinomaki


2–3:50 pm


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


9–10:50 am