Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Examines Film, Music, Art, Politics

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of California launches its fall session with an open house on August 31 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Caleruega Hall’s Creekside Room on the Dominican campus.

Posted August 9, 2007

With an array of non-credit personal enrichment courses, OLLI at Dominican is a membership-driven community of adult learners. Anyone 50 years of age or older may join the institute.

The program offers university-based academic topics, in addition to areas of personal interest, taught by Dominican University instructors and other community experts. This semester’s instructors include Jan Wahl, film critic for KRON Channel 4; Roberta Wain-Becker, founder and general director of Golden Gate Opera; and Dr. Nahid Angha, the main representative of the International Association of Sufism to the United Nations.

Fall session courses range from the creative arts, such as opera, Hollywood films, and Italian Renaissance art, to the literary arts such as Islamic mystical literature and French literature. Students also may take courses in politics and history, including the foundations of immigration, a study of Putin’s Russia, and an in-depth examination of terrorism.

OLLI classes are held on Dominican’s 80-acre campus in San Rafael, as well as at the Aldersly Garden Retirement Center in San Rafael, the Tamalpais in Greenbrae, the Presbyterian Church of Novato, and the Margaret Todd Senior Center in Novato.

There are two levels of membership. Anyone interested in participating in OLLI programs and activities pays a one-time basic annual membership fee of $20. Basic members may then enroll in OLLI courses by paying the individual course fees each session. Course fees vary by course length.

A premium annual membership enables members to attend any or all OLLI courses during all sessions. Premium annual membership also gives members use of the Conlan Recreation Center, free admission to all athletic events, free admission to many cultural and educational events on campus, and use of the Alemany Library.

Individual premium annual membership rates are $280 if received by August 31. The rate is $310 after August 31. Partner annual membership rates, which allow any two persons to join, are $500 for two if received by August 31 and $560 for two after August 31.

OLLI at Dominican is made possible by a generous grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are now found on 115 campuses from Maine to Hawaii.

For more information, please visit Dominican.edu/osher, email [email protected], or phone 415-458-3763.