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 Welcome Orientation and Tour — Sept. 7, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

 

New to the Osher at SDSU? A returning member in need of a refresher? Or just want to see if Osher at SDSU is for you? We invite you to a short presentation followed by a walking tour of our facilities and several points of interest on campus (Wear comfortable shoes!)

  • Meet our dynamic instructors, staff, and fellow learners
  • Enjoy refreshments and an opportunity drawing
  • Learn more about fall course offerings
  • Register for classes
  • This event is free. Space is limited.
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 5.

You’ll receive an email with event details and instructions for convenient parking. The trolley and bus stops are also nearby. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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)

 

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.

Fall 2018 Osher Offerings Registration Opens August 14

Course Title Dates Times
Mondays

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

9/10

9–10:50 am

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

9/10–10/15

3–4:50 pm

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

10/1–11/5

9–10:50 am

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

9/17

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: A Primer for Retirement and Investment Basics Part 1 | What Happens After the Paycheck Stops?
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
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
John Putman

10/22–12/3

9–10:50 am

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

10/22–12/3

3–4:50 pm

Lecture: Dealing with Depression
Dennis Braun

10/29

11–12:50 pm

Special Event: OLLI Café
Staff and Volunteers

10/29

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Pre-Columbian Civilizations That Shaped Latin America
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
Douglas Barker

9/11–10/16

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: Emily Brontë on Her 200th Birthday
Karen Kenyon

10/2

10–11:50 am

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

10/9–11/13

10–11:50 am

Lecture: Getting to Know the Real Charles Dickens
Karen Kenyon

10/16

10–11:50 am

Course: The Arts of Asia: India
Douglas Barker

10/23–11/27

1–2:50 pm

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

10/30

10–11:50 am

Special Event: Poets of the Piano
Nathan Carterette

11/6

2–4 pm

Special Event: 2018 Election Debrief with KPBS
Tom Karlo

11/27

10 am–12 pm

Wednesdays

Workshop: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

9/12–10/31

9–11:30 am

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

9/12

10–11:30 am

Preview Video Course: Shakespeare and History’s Henry IV
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
Constantine Dillon

10/3

11–12:50 pm

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

10/10–11/14

9–10:50 am

Preview Video Course: Latin American Culture and Language
Emily Jullié

10/10 & 10/17

1–2:50 pm

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

10/24–11/7

1–2:50 pm

Thursdays

Course: How to Have Constructive Conversations about Race
Arlene Pincus

10/4 & 10/11

1–2:50

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

10/25

11 am–12:50 pm

Preview Video Course: Marine Mammals of California
Annalisa Berta

10/25–12/6

1–2:50 pm

Lecture: La Movida Madrileña: The Madrid Scene
Sara Heras

11/1

11 am–12:50 pm

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

11/29

11 am–12:30 pm

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

12/13

1–2:50 pm

Fridays

Special Event: Welcome Orientation and Tour
Staff and Volunteers

9/7

9:30 am–12:30 pm

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

9/14–10/19

9–10:50 am

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

9/28–10/19

9–10:50 am

Course: Ocean Planet
Isabelle SacramentoGrilo

9/28–11/2

1–2:50 pm

Preview Video Lecture: Jonestown Revisited
Laura Johnston Kohl

10/19

11 am–12:50 pm

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

10/26–12/7

9–10:50 am

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

11/2–12/14

1–2:50 pm

Saturdays

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

9/29

9 am–12 pm

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

10/6

10–11:50 am

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

10/13

10–11:50 am

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

10/20

9 am–4 pm

Preview Video Special Event: Conversations Worth Having: Weird and Wacky Science
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
Wendy Patrick

11/3

9–10:50 am

Sundays

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

11/4

5:30–7:30 pm

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

12/9

2–4 pm