Osher Lifelong Learning Institute brings the 50-and-better set back to school

What do Tolstoy, local government and the California condor have in common?

OLLI fall 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.

OLLI resumes this fall for its eighth 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 Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; natural wonders of the Monterey Peninsula; immigration – a cinematic view; the history of California painting; and an introduction to the art of three-dimensional sculpting.

New this year is a four-session course on wine appreciation taught by Calvin Wilkes, who, along with his wife, Michele, owns Fifi’s Bistro Café and wine store in Pacific Grove. Also new is a class by bioethicist and futurist Linda MacDonald Glenn that examines what the next 100 years will look like.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a three-session class, New Rules, New Strategies –the California General Election, that will take a look at the candidates and measures on the ballot and analyze the results.

Also offered is a Distinguished Lecture Series, including a talk by astronaut Stephen Frick, and a look at the struggle between Russia and Ukraine. Local author workshops explore humor writing with Jeffrey Whitmore and developing personal stories with Aimee Suzara.

Individual class offerings can be purchased, or attendees can sign up for an annual membership – which includes tuition for 10 classes for $210, or three classes for $105. Memberships include discounts on World Theater and athletic events on campus.

For more information or to register for classes, call 582-5500 or visit OLLI online or go directly to the course listings.