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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.

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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

Opera: Nation by Nation – Complemented by live performances by members of Opera Idaho’s Residence Company and recorded audio and video examples, this course will illustrate the thesis that countries matter when it comes to opera. What makes Italian opera “Italian,” French opera “French,” and is there such a thing as “American opera?” We will answer these questions and more by delving into the different cultures, politics, and languages of opera-producing countries. We will also look in depth at the Russian opera, Evgeny Onegin, slated for Opera Idaho’s current season and to which class members will be offered specially-priced tickets.
Presenter: Mark Junkert, General Director, Opera Idaho
Dates and times: Thu., Feb 5, 12, and 19, 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Opera Idaho studio, 513 S. 8th St.
Cost: $35; Capacity: 100
To register: Opera: Nation by Nation.

Salmon Chronicles LinkIdaho Salmon Chronicles – This course will begin with a viewing of the acclaimed documentary film, DamNation, about the removal of obsolete dams in the United States and the restoration of river life. Remaining sessions will examine the importance of wild salmon to Idaho river ecosystems and present a chronology of Idaho salmon from past to present, including a review of biological life histories, freshwater, and ocean distribution. We will appraise human perturbations influencing the salmon’s current condition compared to historic levels and look at the Federal approach to corrective actions to benefit the salmon’s life cycle.
Presenter: Bert Bowler, Founder, Snake River Salmon Solutions
Dates and times: Thu., Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 12, and 19, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $45
To register: Idaho Salmon Chronicles.