Take courses that are intellectually stimulating designed for adults 50 and better because curiosity never retires! Join a diverse community of like-minded and engaging peers while you explore intellectual and cultural opportunities.
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Please note, a membership is required to attend Osher classes.
Membership is required to participate in Osher classes at CSUSM. There are four membership options outlined below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us!
Becoming a member of Osher at Cal State University San Marcos will introduce you to a diverse community of like-minded engaging peers, allow you intellectual and cultural exploration opportunities, and will provide you a truly exciting experience. Memberships are required to participate in Osher courses. Occasionally, there may be an event that is open to the public but it will be noted in the course description. The Taste of Osher event does not require a membership to attend.
Memberships are renewable every fall term and are valid July 1 - June 30 (unless membership is a specific term only). We are not able to prorate memberships. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Membership benefits include:
Below is a list of upcoming courses with a link to learn more and register for that course. View the list of courses in the registration portal.
Charles Benjamin Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus and adjunct professor of law. A former prosecutor, trial and appellate judge, and Fulbright Scholar, he understands judicial decision-making. He exposes the personal, professional, and political pressures threatening judicial integrity like never before.
With scholarship and impassioned accounts of compelling cases, he brings readers behind the trial bench to see judges analyzing actual trials and sentencings. He opens the doors to appellate chambers to hear judges debating life and death, multimillion-dollar damages, and priceless civil rights.
Responding to the intensifying attacks on America’s judges, Independence Corrupted is essential for students and scholars, lawyers and judges, and all citizens concerned about the survival of judicial independence.
NOMINEE: 2018 National Book Award / 2019 Chautauqua Prize / 2019 ABA Silver Gavel Award
This class will be a combination of brief lectures, class discussion and viewing DVD’s from “Great Courses” featuring Professor Harold Tobin, Professor of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Dr. Tobin is an expert in oceanography and a veteran oceangoing explorer.
Topics included in the class include the formation of the solar system , Earth’s uniqueness in the solar system because of the presence of vast oceans, ocean explorers from 1200BC to the present day, the ocean basins of the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, and Indian Oceans, methods to map the ocean floor, different habitats and layers of the oceans, deep sea trenches, volcanic processes which occur on the the ocean floor, and the origin of life in the oceans.
Best selling author Mel Mason is The Clutter Expert. As a sexual abuse survivor, she
grew up depressed, suicidal and surrounded by clutter. What she realized after coming
back from the brink of despair and getting through her own chaos was that the outside
is just a mirror of the inside.
And if you only organize the outside without changing the inside, the clutter keeps coming back. That’s why you can clear a surface or organize your closet and in no time, it’s cluttered back up again. So, that set her on a mission to empower people around the world to get free from clutter and experience more happiness and more abundance in every area of their lives.
Since then she’s used her own experience to create a step-by-step process designed to help you get free from clutter without feeling overwhelmed, that keeps the clutter from coming back called “The Seven Steps to Manage Overwhelm and Organize ANY Space” and she has written a new book, Freedom From Clutter: The Guaranteed, Foolproof, Step-by-Step Process to Remove the Stuff That’s Weighing You Down. (Release date 10/20/20).
Learn more about what clutter really is, why it accumulates, how it affects you, how to get organized without feeling overwhelmed, how to create systems that work for you, how to keep the clutter from coming back and much more!
Pop-up lectures are an addition to regular programming. Fees apply to all. No membership discounts.
Two contrasting impressions come to mind when we think of the play: Our first impression is that of a passionate, all-consuming romance between a boy and a girl who risk everything for each other in the most sublime expression of young love that has ever existed. The second impression is a kind-of photo negative of the first—two reckless, hormonal teenagers whose irresponsible, whirlwind affair leads to the deaths of several of their friends and relatives as well as to their own tragic suicides. As much as we might like to say agree with the latter, more cynical view, it’s the former one—the paradoxically inspiring portrayal of romantic love—that has made Romeo and Juliet a favorite of theatergoers for more than 400 years. Over 90 minutes or so, I will take you through the play, highlighting seven lessons I’ve found in it, reciting some of the famous speeches, and discussing its fascinating performance history.
Immunization: The Good, the Bad, the Future
Fall 2021: Classes will be held both via Zoom/hybrid and in person in the following locations:
Classes may be held at various locations throughout North County and Southwest Riverside County and are subject to change each semester. Destination learning and special event locations vary.
We encourage our passionate and enthusiastic members to consider volunteer opportunities
at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Volunteering is a great way to connect
with peers and give back to your community. Whatever level of involvement you choose,
we are sure to have a role just right for you!
Goal: To provide outstanding customer service to members and instructors by acting as main point of contact for questions/concerns during class hours.
Goal: To facilitate and lead (4) week intersession discussion groups for Osher members
Goal: To promote Osher throughout the community and disseminate catalogs where appropriate
International Mentorship Program
Goal: To engage in English-language conversation with international students from the American Language Culture Institute at CSUSM
If you'd like to volunteer with Osher or have questions regarding any of these opportunities, please let us know.
OLLI at CSUSM instructors are exclusively selected and have tremendous expertise and passion for their fields of study. Instructors include current and retired CSUSM faculty, faculty from other colleges and universities, experts in their respective fields, local authors and artists, medical professionals, and local law enforcement. Learn more about each instructor!
If you're interested in becoming an instructor, please contact Sherie Cambra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 750-8716 to learn more.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University San Marcos (OLLI at CSUSM) is an intellectual and social community of inquisitive learners established to engage people over 50 years of age through higher education and the arts. With scholarly and invigorating programming, OLLI connects members to the brightest minds and ideas in our society, including university-level professors and successful professionals who are leaders in many fields. The program strives to inspire seasoned learners who share intellectual curiosity and a quest for knowledge.
Established in 2004, OLLI at CSUSM is one of 124 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
OLLI facilitates a meaningful learning experience, increase community involvement and enhance social connections, all beneficial to a flourishing life.
If you want to renew your enthusiasm for learning, explore new interests and make new friends, OLLI is for you!
In 2004, Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation to establish the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). After growing the program and reaching 500 members, Cal State San Marcos was endowed $1,000,000 to ensure the program’s continued growth. The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides postsecondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. The Foundation also supports selected centers in integrative medicine at Harvard University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition, the Foundation supports a growing national network of lifelong learning institutes for mature adults. Each provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 124 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii, have a National Resource Center at the University of Southern Maine.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a non-profit program that is self-support and receives no state funding. Your support matters and planned gifts can be very helpful to ensuring the continued success of our program.
Please consider giving to the Osher program at Cal State University San Marcos and help sustain this vibrant community of learners now and in the future. There are many ways to give and your donations are tax-deductible, secure and private. Learn more about giving options.
DONATE IN HONOR OR MEMORY OF A FRIEND OR LOVED ONE: the perfect gift for any occasion! Your recipient will be notified by a beautiful
card from Osher with your personal message inside. Please contact our office directly at 760-750-8613 for this option.
OSHER MEMBER SCHOLARSHIPS: enable others to experience Osher.
INSTRUCTOR SUPPORT: ensure that Osher can recruit and retain highly-qualified faculty.
INSTITUTE OPERATIONS: improve the overall quality of Osher through program development, community outreach and promotion.
ENDOWED FUND: An endowed gift is one that lasts a lifetime. Creating an endowment in your name (or a loved one’s name) is similar to placing funds in a savings account and providing the Institute with the interest from your gift. Your investment (or principal) is never expended, but the income from the gift is used to assure a lifetime of support for the program.
PLANNING YOUR ESTATE? Consider leaving a gift in your will or bequest, gifting through a charitable trust, a gift annuity, life insurance, pension plan, IRA or through real estate.
Zoom is a safe and secure app that allows you to engage in live Web conversations with your instructor using audio, video, and text-based chat features.
Yes, you do have to purchase a membership in order to participate in Osher courses. Occasionally, there may be an event that is open to the public but it will be noted in the course description. The Taste of Osher event does not require a membership to attend. For information regarding membership options, please view the membership section on this page.
While the annual membership allows you to take an unlimited number of courses throughout the year at no additional cost, some exclusions apply. Destination Learning trips, special events, wine appreciation , art supplies for hands-on art courses, or entrance to museums for the art appreciation course are not covered. For questions regarding the annual membership, please contact email@example.com or call (760) 750-4020.
No. Every OLLI program is a separate entity and each university/college has its own membership program.
Prior registration is required to attend OLLI courses. Payment for each course is required in full at time of registration. We accept MasterCard, VISA, Discover Card, American Express and checks. There are three easy ways to register for OLLI courses:
Parking at all off-campus course locations is free and no parking permits are required. Parking on campus requires a permit, 365 days a year no exceptions. Parking fees for Osher members is currently $5 per day.
Cancellation notification must be made in writing. Written notice should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours before the class begins or mailed with a postmark date three days prior to the first day of class to receive a full refund (less a $5 processing fee per drop and if it was paid with a credit card, the 2.65% convenience fee). No refunds will be issued once a course has started. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds may take four to six weeks for completion.
If you can no longer attend a course you’ve enrolled in and you’d like to apply your funds to a different course, email email@example.com at least three days prior to the start date.
Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The fall and spring semesters are 10 weeks in length while the summer semester is five weeks in length. Most courses meet one day a week for five weeks, or are single two-hour lectures scattered throughout the semester. Select courses (writing and art appreciation) meet one day a week for ten weeks.
OLLI at CSUSM instructors are exclusively selected and have tremendous expertise and passion for their fields of study. Instructors include current and retired CSUSM faculty, faculty from other colleges and universities, experts in their respective fields, local authors and artists, medical professionals, and local law enforcement. View instructor biographies.
We’d be happy to arrange an OLLI presentation for your community, club, or special event! Contact Sherie Cambra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760) 750 - 8716.
Classes cover a variety of topics, including art appreciation, health, history, science, technology and more!
Classes are offered in five- or 10-week sessions in addition to one-day lectures to ensure you gain a solid understanding of the topic.
Classes and Osher events offer you opportunities to cultivate friendships with classmates.
Osher instructors are exclusively selected and have tremendous expertise and passion for their fields of study.