Osher Lifelong Learning engages encore generation


Karla Burkhart

For over 10 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU) has brought low-cost educational, cultural courses and programs to adults ages 50 and over. Throughout fall, OLLI is offering over 100 classes in history, art, music, opera, health, creative writing, science, current events, literature, politics, religion, physics, space exploration, Shakespeare, and more; there is something for everyone!

Here are just a few of OLLI’s fall classes: Forensic Art; Celebrating Marilyn!; The Challenges of the Lincoln Presidency; Women in Jazz; Creative Recycling; A History of the English Language; Spooky Physics; Southwest Landscapes With Ink and Watercolor; Fun Chemistry to Impress Your Grandkids; Civic Engagement Between Elections; Memoir Writing; Biomimicry; Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina”; and two themed lecture series: Southwest Archaeology and Essential Themes in Mythology. 

“The 50-plus generation is now known as the encore generation,” says Richard Knopf, director of OLLI at ASU. “Never has there been a greater thirst by seniors to explore, chart new destinies, expand horizons, and serve others.”

Members of OLLI may register for lectures and classes and also receive discounted admission to cultural centers such as the Heard Museum, The Nash, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and others. OLLI at ASU has recently partnered with the ASU Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve so now OLLI members receive discounted tickets to their events.

Registration is now open. Sessions begin in September, October, November, and December. Membership is only $20 for the semester, lectures $10, and most courses $40. OLLI is conveniently located throughout the valley: ASU West and Downtown Phoenix campuses, Tempe Public Library, Friendship Village Tempe, and Maravilla Scottsdale.

The class schedule is available at most public libraries, senior and community centers, and online. You may register online or by phone. Call (602) 543-6440 or visit lifelonglearning.asu.edu.

OLLI at ASU is funded in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports university-quality educational offerings for mature students. ASU is one of 119 colleges and universities nationally to have been awarded a permanent Osher Foundation endowment to sustain and support its programs.

OLLI is part of ASU’s Partnership for Community Development in the School of Community Resources and Development, which is in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Every semester, OLLI showcases a fresh lineup of classes with no tests, grades, or educational requirements.