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

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Spring 2018 Osher Offerings

Course Title Dates Times
Mondays

Preview Video Course: There’s No Business Like Show Business: The History of the American Musical
Instructor: Preview Video Maya Ginsberg

2/12–3/19

9–10:50 am

Preview Video Workshop: The Awakened Heart: A Six Week Meditation Workshop (Section 1)
Instructor: Peter Bolland

2/12–3/19

3–4:50 pm

Edventure: Culture and Cuisine of France
Instructor: Susan McBeth

2/26

12–2 pm

Course: Drugs and the Brain: The Science of Addiction
Instructor: Iyas Masannat

3/5 & 3/12

11 am–12:50 pm

Special Event: Osher Café
Staff / Volunteers

3/5

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Special Event: Hear This! The Inside Story of Hearing
Instructor: Christine Kirsch and Carol Branch

3/19

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Chamber Music: From the Renaissance to Today
Instructor: Alexander Greenbaum

3/26–4/16

9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: Influences on the Development of Early Christianity
Instructor: Patricia Dintrone

3/26 & 4/2

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Workshop: The Awakened Heart: A Six Week Meditation Workshop (Section 2)
Instructor: Peter Bolland

3/26–4/30

3–4:50 pm

Course: California History in Living Memory: From the Great Depression to Today
Instructor: George Gastil

4/2–4/23

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video SOUTH BAY Lecture: Advance-Care Planning at Every Age
Instructor: Catherina Madani

5/7

9–10:50 am

Tuesdays

Course: Spanish Colonialism in San Diego and the Native American Reaction: Power, Persistence, and Patrimony
Instructor: Richard Carrico

2/6–2/27

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: North American Indian Art of the Eastern Woodlands, the Plains, and California
Instructor: Douglas Barker

2/6–3/6

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: How Animals and Humans Make Sense of Things
Instructor: Jesse Thomas

3/6–3/27

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Native North American Art of the Southwest, Northwest Coast, and the Arctic
Instructor: Douglas Barker

3/13–4/10

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: The Greatest Literary Fraud in History: Shakespeare
Instructor: Peter Atterton

4/10

10–11:50 am

Preview Video Book Club: Qudeen the Magnificent by Patricia Benke with Author Visit
Instructor: Kathi Diamant

4/24

2–3:30 pm

Wednesdays

Course: Why It's the FIRST Amendment: Why Freedom of Speech and Religion Remain So Important and Controversial
Instructor: Glenn Smith

2/7–3/14

9–10:50 am

Preview Video Lecture: How Early Experiences Shape Our Brains
Kristen Breit

2/7

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: Light in the Queen's Garden: 19th Century Prayer & Politics in Hawai'i
Instructor: Sandra Bonura

2/14

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Cultural Diversity: What Does it Really Mean?
Instructor: Daniel Del Castillo

2/14-3/21

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: San Diego and The Great War: A Historical Timeline
Instructor: Alexander Bevil

2/21

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Become a National Park "Insider"
Instructor: Constantine Dillon

3/7 & 3/14

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Rethink Home: Benefits to "Rightsizing" Your Home & Lifestyle – Senior Stay or Go™
Instructors: Ron Greenwald and Patti Gerke

3/21

11 am–12:50 pm

Special Event: SDSU Audiology Clinic Tour 1
Instructors: Christine Kirsch and Carol Branch

3/21

1–1:30 pm

Course: A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics: Outlook and Opportunities: Separate the Signals from the Noise
Instructor: Robert Shultz

3/28 & 4/4

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Baby Boomers on the Threshold: Managing the Transition into Aging
Instructor: Virginia Berger

4/11

10–11:50 am

SOUTH BAY Lecture: Prolonging Human Life
Instructor: Bruno Leone

4/11

10–11:50 am

Preview Video Lecture: Making the Right Turn: Engineering Ethics into Driverless Vehicles
Instructor: Rafi Andrusier

4/11

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: The Constitution and Presidential Removal: What’s Clear, What’s Not
Instructor: Glenn Smith

4/25

10–11:50 am

Course: Hollywood and the Holocaust: From Appeasement to Awards
Instructor: Lawrence Baron

5/2–5/16

1–2:50 pm

Thursdays

Special Event: Top 10 Things Skilled Nursing Facilities Don't Want You to Know
Instructors: Philip Lindsley and Susan Valoff

2/8

10 am–12 pm

Special Event: Volunteer Classroom-Ambassador Training

2/15

10–11 am

Lecture: Flood-Control Levees on Deltas: What We Learned from the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Experience
Instructor: Svetlana Kostic

2/15

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: Environmental Justice: A Dwindling Protection or a Global Movement?
Nadine Bopp

2/22

1–2:50 pm

Special Event: Campus Tour

3/8

9:30–11:30 am

Special Event: SDSU Love Library Series, Week 1: Discovery Session and Tour
Instructor: Gloria Rhodes

3/15

9:30–11 am

Lecture: The Printing Press: Why the Pen is Usually Mightier than the Sword
Instructor: Bruno Leone

3/15

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Book Club: We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie
Instructor: Denny Braun

3/22

9–10:30 am

Preview Video Special Event: SDSU Love Library Series, Week 2: Dear Doc: From Classrooms to Combat
Instructor: Lisa Shapiro

3/22

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Special Event: SDSU Love Library Series, Week 3: Leadership Styles in Famous/Infamous Cults: Peoples Temple and Synanon
Instructor: Laura Johnston Kohl

3/29

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Cuban History through Mystery Novels: Havana Fever
Instructor: Oliva M. Espín

4/5–4/19

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Anatomia Italiana: Connecting Art and Anatomy along the Italian Peninsula
Instructor: Kevin Petti

4/5–4/26

4–5:50 pm

Preview Video One-Day Workshop: Improv Basics
Instructor: Gwenn Olive

4/12

1–3:50 pm

Course: Foreign Film Femme Series: 3-Week Bundle Deal
Instructor: Rebecca Romani

4/26–5/10

11 am–1:50 pm

Preview Video Book Club: Climate of Hope: How Cities,Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet
Instructor: Denny Braun

5/3

9–10:30 am

Fridays

Course: Art History: An Era of Exceptional Achievement, the Art of Northern Europe, and the Italian Renaissance
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

2/9–3/23

9–10:50 am

SOUTH BAY Course: The Historical Jesus
Instructor: Matthew Wion

2/9 & 2/16

2–3:50 pm

Course: Singer/Songwriter Revolution, Chapter Two
Instructor: Jim Hinton

2/16–3/9

1–2:50 pm

Course: Political Philosophy: The Search for a Just World
Instructor: Matthew Wion

2/23–3/23

2–3:50 pm

Special Event: Exploring the Night Sky: Naked Eye and Deep Space Observing
Instructors: William Welsh and Gur Windmiller

2/23

6–8 pm

SOUTH BAY Lecture: Preserving Health and Functionality in Baby Boomers
Instructor: Fabio Comana

3/9

10–11:50 am

Lecture: Theodore Roosevelt: American President/Global Leader
Instructor: David Rader

3/9

11 am–12:50 pm

Special Event: SDSU Audiology Clinic Tour 2
Instructor: Christine Kirsch and Carol Branch

3/23

11–11:30 am

Course: Art History: The Varied and Rich Expressions of 17th Century Baroque Art
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock

4/6–5/18

9–10:50 am

Special Event: Osher Café

4/6

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Natural Disasters
Instructor: Isabelle SacramentoGrilo

4/6–5/18

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Social Entrepreneurship: The Business Solution to Poverty
Instructor: Michael Sloan

4/13

11 am–12:50 pm

Lecture: Ancient Egypt
Instructor: Bruno Leone

5/4

11 am–12:50 pm

Saturdays

Preview Video Special Event: Conversations Worth Having: Your Brain, Your Mind, and You
Instructor: Kathi Diamant

2/3

9 am–12 pm

Preview Video Lecture: The Politics of Social Media: How Twitter and Other Platforms Have Revolutionized Political Speech
Instructor: Wendy Patrick

2/10

9–10:50 am

Lecture: Charlie Chaplin: A Biography on Film
Instructor: Bob Jordan

4/7

9–10:50 am

Sundays

Special Event: Anna in the Tropics with SDSU Arts Alive

4/22

1–4:30 pm