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

What do Moliere, forests of the Central Coast and Russian life and culture have in common?

Fall 2013 OLLI catalogThey are among the classes that will be offered this semester through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at California State University, Monterey Bay.

OLLI resumes this fall for its seventh year with a diverse range of courses and speakers specifically 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.

Among the course offerings are a variety of writing classes; an examination of feminist literature; reptiles and amphibians of California; satirical anti-war cinema; 20th century painting; and a look at oceans and their impact on human endeavors.

New this year is a four-session exploration of African American history by CSUMB professor of anthropology Dr. Umi Vaughan; Fathers and Daughters: King Lear and The Tempest, taught by former MPC instructor Allston James; and a lecture by attorney and law school professor Michael Stamp that will preview the issues to be presented in the Monterey College of Law’s moot court competition the following week.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a three-session class, California Renewal: Economic Recovery, Policy Initiatives, Political Trajectory, that will take a look at the trajectory of politics in the Golden State.

Also offered are a Distinguished Lecture Series, including a talk by CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa on Sept. 18. His topic: “A Call for Excellence.” There’s also a free lecture series, “That’s Entertainment.”

Individual class offerings can be purchased, or attendees can sign up for an annual membership – which includes tuition for 10 classes for $210, or five classes for $140. Memberships include discounts on campus and other benefits.

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