Special Events are unique opportunities for Osher members. They often include "behind the scenes" looks at fascinating places of cultural interest in San Diego.


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2019 Spring
OF 0007.11 Speakers’ Bureau Training

In as little as two hours per semester, you can share the joy of lifelong learning by helping spread the word about Osher at SDSU. Join the Speakers’ Bureau to represent us at local organizations such as Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and Retired Teachers Associations. If you love to meet people, this is the perfect opportunity. With an extensive background in media, Osher instructor Kathi Diamant leads the fun, interactive training. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced public speaker, you’ll learn effective presentation techniques. By helping to increase membership, you’ll be helping us secure the future of the Osher Institute at SDSU for you, your family and friends, and the community.

Format: 30% Lecture, 30% Interactive discussion, 40% Hands-on activity

Course Date(s)
April 25 - April 25
OF 0007.25 OLLI Cafe

OLLI Café is a social hour held every semester between classes where students can come together in a specially designated room at CES to relax, regroup, share insights about classes, and catch up. Kim Fahlen and Karen Scanlon will be our presenting instructors. The identical twin sisters will give an overview of their lecture, Lighthouses of San Diego, and Scanlon will give an overview of her lecture, The Army’s Benevolence in San Diego’s Naval Disaster: The 1905 Explosion of USS Bennington. Also learn about exciting new programming and developments for the upcoming year. Light refreshments are provided. OLLI Café is open to members and non-members. Registration is required only if you need a parking permit.

Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers

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OF 0007.36 SDSU Love Library Discovery Session and Tour

Learn more about all the great resources available to you at the SDSU Library. Enjoy a tour led by library faculty and staff for an overview of the collections (more than 7 million items) and services. Learn how to find and borrow books; what special collections and other selections are on each floor; how to access the 800+ public computers; how to check out DVDs and CDs from the Media Center; how to access the book catalogs (for printed and eBooks), article and journal databases, and digital collections; and how to request materials from other libraries. Membership is not required.

Facilitator: Gloria Rhodes

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OF 0007.44 Conversations Worth Having: Animals and Us

View six TED talks on our complicated relationship with animals — how we love them (sometimes as a family member) but also fear, hunt, and eat them. Through facilitated discussions between each talk, we’ll examine our mixed feelings about the animals around us, why we care more for one species over another, and what animals can teach us about being human. TED Talks offer an amazing journey through fascinating ideas, and new ways to think and create, presented by the world’s most remarkable minds.

Format: 40% Interactive discussion, 60% Watch TED Talks

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Kathi Diamant