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

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

 

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Fall 2018 Osher Offerings

Course Title Dates Times
Mondays

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

9/10

9–10:50 am

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

9/10–10/15

3–4:50 pm

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

10/1–11/5

9–10:50 am

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

9/17

1–2:50 pm

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: The Life and Times of Katherine Tingley in the Context of the Progressive Movement
Presenter: Dewayne Little

9/24

11 am–12:50 pm

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: Katherine Tingley’s Engaged Practical Theosophy: From Raja Yoga to Patriotism
Presenter: Kenneth Small

10/1

11 am–12:50 pm

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: Lomaland Creative Arts: The Music of Daniel de Lange and Art of Maurice Braun
Presenter: Kenneth Small

10/8

11 am–12:50 pm

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: Shakespeare and Classical Greek Drama at Lomaland
Presenter: Kenneth Small

10/15

11 am–12:50 pm

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

10/15

1–2:50 pm

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

10/22

1–2:50 pm

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

10/22–12/3

9–10:50 am

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

10/22–12/3

3–4:50 pm

Lecture: Dealing with Depression
Instructor: Dennis Braun

10/29

11–12:50 pm

Special Event: OLLI Café
Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers

10/29

1–2:50 pm

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

11/13 (Tues.)
11/19–12/10

11–12:50 pm

Tuesdays

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

9/11–10/16

1–2:50 pm

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

10/2

10–11:50 am

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

10/9–11/13

10–11:50 am

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

10/16

10–11:50 am

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

10/23–11/27

1–2:50 pm

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

10/30

10–11:50 am

Special Event: Poets of the Piano
Instructor: Nathan Carterette

11/6

2–4 pm

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

11/27

10 am–12 pm

Wednesdays

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

9/12–10/31

9–11:30 am

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

9/12

10–11:30 am

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

9/12–26

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

10/3

11–12:50 pm

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

10/10–11/14

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

10/24–11/7

1–2:50 pm

Thursdays

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

10/4 & 10/11

1–2:50

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: The Music of Sound: Kenneth Morris’ The Three Bases of Poetry
Presente:: Riain Hagerl

10/11

10-11:50 am

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: The Self as Poetry in Kenneth Morris’ The Three Bases of Poetry
Presenter: Riain Hager

10/18

10-11:50 am

Lecture Series: Katherine Tingley’s Lomaland Utopia: The Mythic and Visionary Short Stories of Kenneth Morris
Presenter: Riain Hager

10/25

10–11:50 am

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

10/25

11 am–12:50 pm

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

10/25–12/6

1–2:50 pm

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

11/1

11 am–12:50 pm

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

11/29

11 am–12:30 pm

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

12/13

1–2:50 pm

Fridays

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

9/7

9:30 am–12:30 pm

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

9/14–10/19

9–10:50 am

Friends of SDSU Presentation: SDSU’s Vision for the Mission Valley Stadium Property
Presenters: Gina Jacobs, Gordon Carrier, Steve Doyle

9/21

12–1:30 pm

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

9/28–10/19

9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: Ocean Planet
Instructor: Isabelle SacramentoGrilo

9/28–11/2

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Jonestown Revisited
Instructor: Laura Johnston Kohl

10/19

11 am–12:50 pm

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

10/26–12/7

9–10:50 am

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

10/19–11/30

1–2:50 pm

Saturdays

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

9/29

9 am–12 pm

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

10/6

10–11:50 am

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

10/13

10–11:50 am

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

10/20

9 am–4 pm

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

10/27

9 am–12 pm

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

11/3

9–10:50 am

Sundays

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

11/4

5:30–7:30 pm

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

12/9

2–4 pm