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.


Osher Spring Kickoff Event — Friday, Feb. 1, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Get a tantalizing preview of spring courses from our dynamic instructors, and meet staff and fellow learners at this fun, informal event. You can register for courses on the spot (and get help if you need it), and meet exhibitors from local community organizations.

The event concludes with an optional walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on campus (wear comfortable shoes). Light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers
Fee: Free
RSVP Deadline: Jan. 30 (membership not required)

You’ll receive an email with event details and instructions for convenient parking. The trolley and bus stops are also nearby.



Steps to Register

  1. Add your membership to the cart — new or renewing, based on your status.
  2. Add your course selections to the cart.
  3. Click on "Check out"
  4. If you have an account, log in.
  5. If you don’t have an account, select “click here” under Create a New account.
    (Whether you’ve forgotten your RedID number or need to get one, click on "Get Your RedID")
  6. Complete the checkout process and pay.

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

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

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


Fall 2018 Osher Offerings  |  Spring 2019 Schedule At A Glance

Course Title Dates Times

Lecture: The Rise and Fall of Political Islam after the Arab Spring
Instructor: Farouk Al-Nasser


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: The Wisdom of Daoism (Section 1)
Instructor: Peter Bolland


3–4:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Sounding Together: A History of the Symphony
Instructor: Maya Ginsberg


9–10:50 am

Special Event: Tour of SDSU’s New Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science Building
Instructor: Laura Shinn


1–2:50 pm

Lecture: A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics Part 1 | What Happens After the Paycheck Stops?
Instructor: Robert Shultz


1–2:50 pm

Lecture: A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics Part 2 | Time Matters: A Woman's Retirement Outlook
Instructor: Robert Shultz


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: History and Culture from the 1960s to Today, through the Lens of Star Trek
Instructor: John Putman


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: The Wisdom of Daoism (Section 2)
Instructor: Peter Bolland


3–4:50 pm

Lecture: Dealing with Depression
Instructor: Dennis Braun


11–12:50 pm

Special Event: OLLI Café
Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Pre-Columbian Civilizations That Shaped Latin America
Instructor: Alejandro Castañeda

11/13 (Tues.)

11–12:50 pm


Course: From Cave Paintings to Roman Temples: The Art and Architecture of the Ancient World
Instructor: Douglas Barker


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Emily Brontë on Her 200th Birthday
Instructor: Karen Kenyon


10–11:50 am

Preview Video Course: Whats’ up Doc(ket)?
Instructor: Glenn Smith


10–11:50 am

Preview Video Lecture: Getting to Know the Real Charles Dickens
Instructor: Karen Kenyon


10–11:50 am

Course: The Arts of Asia: India
Instructor: Douglas Barker


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: The NASA Twin Astronauts: A Year in Space
Instructor: Michael Ziegler


10–11:50 am

Special Event: Poets of the Piano
Instructor: Nathan Carterette


2–4 pm

Special Event: 2018 Election Debrief with KPBS
Facilitator: Tom Karlo


10 am–12 pm


Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Instructor: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik


9–11:30 am

Special Event: SDSU Love Library Discovery Session and Tour
Facilitator: Gloria Rhodes


10–11:30 am

Preview Video Course: Shakespeare and History’s Henry IV
Instructor: David Flietner


2–4:50 pm

Lecture: Yellowstone: From Native Hunting Grounds to Army Post to National Park: The History of This American Icon
Instructor: Constantine Dillon


11–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: The American Century: U.S. History from Industrialization to the War on Terror
Instructor: John Putman


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: Latin American Culture and Language

Instructor: Emily Jullié

10/10 & 10/17

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Instructor: Bruno Leone


1–2:50 pm


Preview Video Course: How to Have Constructive Conversations about Race
Instructor: Arlene Pincus

10/4 & 10/11


Lecture: Ellen Browning Scripps (1836–1932): Newspaperwoman, Philanthropist, and Social Reformer
Instructor: Molly McClain


11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Marine Mammals of California
Instructor: Annalisa Berta


1–2:50 pm

Lecture: La Movida Madrileña: The Madrid Scene
Instructor: Sara Heras


11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Book Club: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Facilitator: Kathi Diamant


11 am–12:30 pm

Preview Video Lecture: How Did the Scene at Jesus’ Birth Become So Crowded?
Instructor: John Spencer


1–2:50 pm


Special Event: Welcome Orientation and Tour
Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers


9:30 am–12:30 pm

Course: Reason and Revolution: 18th and Early 19th Century Art in Europe
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock


9–10:50 am

Course: The Politics of Food: 50 Years of U.S. Food Policy on Your Plate
Instructor: James Murren


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: Ocean Planet
Instructor: Isabelle SacramentoGrilo


1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Jonestown Revisited
Instructor: Laura Johnston Kohl


11 am–12:50 pm

Course: Late 19th Century Art: The Birth of Modernism
Instructor: Damon Hitchcock


9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: The Great Religions of the World
Instructor: Matthew Wion


1–2:50 pm


Preview Video Special Event: From Grecian Columns to Spanish Towers: A Tour of SDSU’s Historic Campus Core
Instructor: Alexander D. Bevil


9 am–12 pm

Lecture: Dealing with Incapacity: Planning Ahead for the Right Legal and Financial Tools
Instructor: Philip Lindsley


10–11:50 am

Lecture: Long-Term Care Planning: Techniques to Get the Care Needed and Help Paying for It
Instructor: Philip Lindsley


10–11:50 am

Preview Video Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction — All-Day Retreat
Instructor: Marilee Bresciani Ludvik


9 am–4 pm

Preview Video Special Event: Conversations Worth Having: Weird and Wacky Science
Instructor: Kathi Diamant


9 am–12 pm

Preview Video Lecture: In the Age of #MeToo, Know the Difference between Sexual Harassment and Sex Crimes
Instructor: Wendy Patrick


9–10:50 am


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


5:30–7:30 pm

Special Event: SDSU Arts Alive Theater Event: Leonard Bernstein’s Mass
Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers


2–4 pm