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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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    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 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
To register: Visit the Positive Aging Registration Page.

Cuba Trip Registration LinkAuthentic Cuba: People and Society Today
Travel with your Osher Institute friends to Cuba on this trip offered exclusively through Road Scholar for our members. Delve into the rich history and heritage of Cuba! Registration for this trip is open now.
Dates: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, October 4
Capacity: 24
To register: Registration is made through Road Scholar. For a full description and itinerary, visit and enter Program #20594 in the search box. If you have any questions, contact Frania Monarski at or (800) 322-5315.