Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Kicks Off 2015 Summer Quarter
School may be out for summer for the kids, but not for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego, where its 800 members are all over 50 years old.
Osher’s learning community is in final preparations for its most exciting 2015 summer quarter yet, with a fresh new slate of classes taught by world-class experts in their fields.
Osher offers an engaging smorgasbord of classes, seminars, lectures, and discussion groups. Distinguished faculty, scholars, and community and national leaders teach a broad array of subjects, including history, art, science, literature, economics, politics, medicine, and more. Additionally, membership allows unlimited access to all programs and attendance to live theater, films, and cultural outings.
This summer, Osher will offer more than a dozen new classes, including a master class series on Franz Schubert to be taught by Gustavo Romero, a music professor and performer The Washington Post calls “a pianist of genius.” Romero will offer insight into Schubert’s life and perform some of the Austrian composer’s pieces.
Osher President Jim Wyrtzen said the curriculum committee is also excited about bringing Rev. Canon John H. Taylor, former chief of staff to President Richard Nixon, to Osher. The lecture, entitled “Secrets of Jackson Place,” will offer insights about Vietnam, Watergate, the evolution of the Republican Party, and Nixon’s legacy. Osher members will also have the opportunity to later visit the Richard M. Nixon Library in Orange County.
“We are also offering courses like ‘Not the Psychology You Thought You Knew’ with Dr. Myles Cooley, which examines the complexities of decision-making, willpower and self-control, and the cognitive-emotional connection,” said Wyrtzen.
“U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jonathan Spaner will share his expertise on the nexus between climate change and national security, and law professor Glenn Smith will give an analysis of the Supreme Court’s most recent term.”
There’s more to Osher than classroom learning, though. “A community of learning is broader than just attending lectures and seminars,” said Wyrtzen. “It is the whole experience we have at Osher.”
He said that what distinguishes Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego from similar programs is that learning extends beyond the classroom and into fellowship and community. Members get a chance to meet like-minded peers and develop friendships with others who share their interests.
“Our activities encourage us to reveal different parts of ourselves with one another,” Wyrtzen said, citing the Poetry Café where members share their writing and music, and the Craft Fair where they can show their artistic creations.