CSUMB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute brings 50-and-better folks back to school

What do Gabriel Garcia Marquez, submarine canyons and the Chinese economy have in common?

OLLI's spring 2013 semester gets under way Jan. 23They are among the classes that will be offered this semester through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at California State University, Monterey Bay.

OLLI continues its sixth year with a diverse range of courses and speakers specifically geared for those 50 and better.

OLLI at CSU Monterey Bay, with support from the Bernard Osher Foundation, is part of a national network that recognizes learning and exploration have no age limits. Members are inspired to take a fresh look at themselves, their world and the possibilities that await them.

A highlight of this semester’s offerings is a five-session class on “Joseph Campbell: Nature, Myth and Art,” taught by Susan Shillinglaw, a professor of English at San Jose State University and scholar in residence at the National Steinbeck Center.

Among the course offerings are several writing classes; the “Good Reads” book club; a look at human health and environmental chemicals; the journals and art of Jo Mora; political conflict in cinema (taught at the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel); and gender in American culture.

Continuing this semester is a two-session Marine Science Series that will cover the deep mystery of submarine canyons and the evolution of the marine mammals of Central California. Both will be taught by Dr. Ed Clifton, a geologist who spent his career with the U.S. Geologial Survey.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a two-session class, The New California: Is Real Change In Our Future? The class will take a look at the reforms voters sought and the changes those reforms have brought about.

The lineup also includes the three-session OLLI Author Series: The Story Behind the Story, and a Friday lecture series examining issues of our time. Both are free.

Individual class offerings can be purchased, or attendees can sign up for an annual membership – which includes tuition for six classes for $180, or four classes for $120. An all-inclusive membership is available for $210, which includes an unlimited number of courses. Memberships include discounts on campus events and other benefits.

For more information or to register for classes, call 582-5500 or visit OLLI online.