Towson University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ) has been serving the 50 and older population of the greater Baltimore Metropolitan region since 1999. The Institute was originally founded as the Auburn Society, and was renamed in 2006 when Towson University received the first in a series of grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Some interesting points of pride you may not know about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are:
- They are close to 600 members strong!
- Their semi-annual preview event brings together hundreds of guests and participants to hear from the upcoming semester’s teachers.
- They partner with the NY Times Knowledge Network to provide online adult learning opportunities.
- Their Director, Jackie Gratz, received her M.A. from Harvard University in History.
The core of the program is the courses they offer each Spring and Fall in two sessions. This coming Fall Osher members can take courses in a variety of areas including:
- Bob Dylan: The Artist Behind the Legend
- The Enduring Art of Japan
- Wild Kingdom: The Behavior and Ecology of Maryland’s Wildlife
- Social Media: What’s it all about? (co-taught by yours truly and Sharyn Kuczka)
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