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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute brings folks back to school

What do Woody Allen, nature photography and spy novels have in common?

OLLI spring 2014 catalog coverThey are among the classes that will be offered this semester through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – OLLI – at California State University, Monterey Bay 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 including Food Writing: The Ultimate Delicacy; an examination of three novels by Haruki Murakami; birds of the Central Coast; and coral reefs of Indonesia.

New this year are classes on coastal plants and animals and Monterey’s spring wildflowers, both taught by ecologist Nikki Nedeff; a three-session course on the history of modern aviation, taught by Don Porter, a contributor to Smithsonian Air & Space magazine; an introduction to science illustration; and a look at the history of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a two-session class that will provide an insider’s view of the June ballot, covering the major races and key initiatives that will impact California for years to come. Also returning is former Monterey Peninsula College instructor Allston James, who will teach a class on Shakespeare’s Richard III and MacBeth.

Another popular returning instructor is Todd Samra, whose four-session course will focus on the work of French Impressionist composers Debussy, Ravel and Faure.

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.