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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. No exams or homework!

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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Fall Osher Courses

Foundations of American Liberty
This course explores the documents – origins, purposes, and impact – that laid the foundation for American liberty: the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We begin by celebrating the 800th anniversary of the magisterial Magna Carta, the cornerstone of liberties in the Anglo-Saxon world. Our discussion focuses on the principle of the law of the land and due process, and will extend through the English Petition of Rights, the English Civil Wars, and the English Bill of Rights, each of which exerted great influence on the thinking of America’s founders. Our trail of inquiry leads next to a discussion of the principles, interpretations, and influence of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Presenter: Dr. David Adler, President, Sun Valley Institute
Dates and times: Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $45

For more information and to register: Visit the Foundations of American Liberty registration page.

Franz Joseph Haydn Registration LinkFranz Joseph Haydn
The Classical period in music, from 1750-1820, brought about the development of many of the most familiar forms and genres of concert music: the piano sonata, the string quartet, and the symphony among them. Franz Joseph Haydn was in many ways a founding father of these forms and achieved more than any composer of his age. But the common misconception of Haydn as a stuffy, bewigged court composer misses an artist whose style brims with laser-sharp wit and startling emotional expression. In this course, we will examine the flowering of music’s Classical age through the life and works of “Papa” Haydn.
Presenter: Jamey Lamar, Classical Recording Producer and Musicologist
Dates and times: Mon., Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $45

For more information and to register: Visit the Franz Joseph Haydn registration page.