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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University

  • Osher Lectures

    The Osher Lectures feature freestanding lectures on a wide range of subjects.

  • Osher Short Courses

    Osher Short Courses offer a wide variety of academic courses taught by university faculty and community individuals with expertise in their topic.

  • Osher Special Events

    Members are able to register for the Institute’s Special Events that may include trips, workshops and unusual one-time opportunities.

  • Become an Osher Member

    Become an Osher member and engage your mind both inside and outside of the classroom setting.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership-based lifelong learning program for adults 50 and better. Engage your mind…just for the love of it!

Osher Short Courses

Informative and stimulating short courses are available to Osher members.

Osher Lectures

There is no additional cost to Osher members to attend lectures, but registration is required. If space is available, you may bring a non-member friend.

Osher Special Events

We offer a variety of learning opportunities as special events outside the classroom.

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Special Learning Opportunities

Positive Aging Registration LinkPositive Aging Retreat
Building on Nobel Prize-winning research in physiology and medicine and on the beautiful life stories of older people around the world, this retreat aims to up-regulate perspectives on life at age 60, 70, 80, 90, and even 100 or more. Intelligent choices of lifestyle and health habits can now add years and quality to life in the modern world. Centered on Dr. John Burt’s course, “A Greater Sense of the Possible at Any Age,” this three-day retreat will include lunch daily and a variety of “Heart and Soul” breakout session activities of your choice, including Mindful Walking, Meditation, Tai Chi, Biking Basics and Safety, Creativity, and Open Movement/Dance. (Enrollees will be contacted after registration to sign up for “Heart and Soul” sessions.)
Presenters: Dr. John Burt, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Public Health; and “Heart and Soul” session leaders: Dr. Laura Wilson, Mike Merz, Ellie McKinnon, Kay Braden, Carolyn Beaver, Mary Ann Martini, and Steve Perry
Dates and times: Wed., Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thur., Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Fri., Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Yanke Family Research Park
Cost: $100 | Capacity: 75
Sponsored by: Saint Alphonsus Health System
St Alphonsus is Sponsor

To register: Visit the Positive Aging registration page.

Socially Engaged
Want to know more about the world of social media? Then this is the course for you! Today’s digital environments are constantly changing and it’s becoming more important than ever to know how to contextualize our modern online social landscape. Understanding the history of social engagement through examples is key to learning how to enjoy the waves of change. We will take a brief tour through the arch of social media on the Internet, attempt to identify where it began, investigate a few markers along the way, and illustrate where we are today. We will take those perspectives and dive more deeply into platforms like Facebook and Twitter and technologies that create the digital social integration we are experiencing today.
Presenter: Wendy Fox, Digital Communications Specialist, University Communications and Marketing, Boise State University
Dates and Times: Tue., Sept. 8, 15, and 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $35
For more information and to register: Visit the Socially Engaged registration page.