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

What do Ulysses, art in the adobes and the Chinese economy have in common?

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

OLLI catalog for fall 2012OLLI resumes this fall for its sixth 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; a look at Russian life and culture; the art of the short film; coral reefs and climate change; Elkhorn Slough: An Ecological Success Story; the Science and Art of the Monterey Peninsula; and the Whales of Monterey Bay.

New this year is a four-session Moss Landing Marine Science Series that will cover Hawaiian monk seals, ocean pollution, California leatherback turtles and local kelp research, all taught by graduate student researchers.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a four-session class, California Ballot: Death and Taxes, that will take a look at the state initiatives and analyze what the November election results mean for California.

Also offered are a free Friday lecture series that examines issues of our time and a free authors series that offers the story behind the story.

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. New this year is an all-inclusive membership for $210, which includes an unlimited number of courses. Memberships include discounts on campus and other benefits.

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