Never too old to learn

  • March 7, 2012

By Faith Barnidge

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay, also known as SCHOLAR-OLLI, provides a learning environment for mature learners which fosters creativity, self-discovery and peer education. I have attended many lectures and find it very enjoyable, affordable and somewhat addictive.

OLLI provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation and learning to mature students (50 and older). It features low-cost, exciting and challenging lectures, courses and field trips in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, all presented by Cal State East Bay emeritus faculty and other distinguished educators.

Local programs, including courses on Franz Liszt, Exploring Surrealism in Photography, the Turkish Renaissance, a Palace Hotel field trip and an America's Cup are offered in Concord, Danville and Walnut Creek at the following locations: Cal State East Bay-Concord at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road; Danville Senior Center at 400 Hartz Ave.; and the Walnut Creek Library at 1644 N. Broadway.

OLLI is sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation; Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus; the Cal State Division of Continuing and International Education, the Cal State East Bay Foundation, the Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation, memberships and donations. For information, visit www.scholarolli.com.

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