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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University

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

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

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

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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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Osher Courses Highlighted

Tolkien, Philosophy, and Theology – The remarkable success of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction is due (in part) to the philosophical and religious content that enhances the contemplative nature of one of the most remarkable epic tales of 20th-century literature. This course will examine both widely recognized and seldom mentioned philosophical borrowings and theological sentiments within The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Additional attention will be given to Professor Tolkien’s medieval worldview in his fictional craft, and the effect that it had on his critical theories of the fairy story genre.
Presenter: Jim Stockton, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Boise State University
Dates and times: Thur., Apr. 2, 9, and 16, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $35
To register: Tolkien, Philosophy, and Theology.

Inside Reader's Corner with Bob KustraInside Reader’s Corner with Bob Kustra – Join Boise State University President Bob Kustra for a discussion about his popular radio show, Reader’s Corner. This presentation will include an inside look at the show, stories about some of Dr. Kustra’s favorite interviews, his reflections on what he’s learned over the years, and an opportunity for Osher members to ask questions. This event is free but registration is required.
Presenter: Bob Kustra, President, Boise State University
Date and time: Mon., April 27, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Yanke Research Park
To register: Inside Reader’s Corner with Bob Kustra.