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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond combines intellectual stimulation and civic engagement with a vibrant community of like-minded students age 50 and better on the campus of the University of Richmond.

Established in 2004 at the University of Richmond through an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, our membership organization offers an extensive array of courses in the liberal arts in the fall, spring and summer semesters. These offerings are a combination of undergraduate credit courses for audit, special interest mini-courses, free lectures, community service projects, performing arts events and more.

There are no entrance requirements, no tests and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all. It’s your love of learning that counts.

From the Osher Director, Peggy Watson

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It’s summer! Are you thinking lots of lazy days and beach trips?

NO way!

The University of Richmond’s Osher Institute has planned courses and special events to keep you busy in June and July, while the undergrads are home chilling by the pool. We hope you’ll take a close look at our course offerings — we have great new instructors and lots of new topics. We also have planned several day trips — one to Norfolk to visit the MacArthur Memorial and the Battleship Wisconsin and another to Bath County’s Garth Newel Music Center for a picnic and concert. We also have interesting courses for our literature lovers and history buffs.

This summer we begin a new strand of courses and special events, the Osher Series on Aging Well, that focus on health/wellness and financial/legal issues for those of us over 50. While we have offered such classes in the past, the Osher Institute is the recipient of a Regirer Foundation grant that prompts us to be intentional about providing these topics for our members.

We are excited about our three new Osher Special Interest Groups: Travel, Contemporary Issues, and Photography. interest Groups provide a great way to get involved and meet other Osher members. Come be an active part of the Osher Institute today!

What Osher Members are Doing

Osher Members Tour China

Osher members visited China October 11-22, 2016. Photos and captions by Osher member Debbie Mahone.

Osher Members Tour Ireland

Osher members visited Ireland October 21-28, 2016. Photos by Osher member Penny Roman.

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Folk Art of Queena Stovall

Osher members learned about the folk art and music of artist Queena Stovall from her granddaughters and other artists and musicians during a multimedia presentation that featured Stovall’s work — and ended with slices of pie for everyone on the Cannon Memorial Chapel lawn.

What to Listen for in Music

In April 2016, Osher members enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a class on music appreciation led by UR’s President Crutcher. The course introduced participants to approaches to listening to musical ensembles (both large and small) for the most enjoyment and understanding.

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