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Summer 2016 Classes & Events

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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.

What Matters to Osher Members

Educational Opportunities

“I enjoy the social aspects of Osher and the opportunity to take advantage of the many educational and cultural opportunities open to Osher members who are welcomed as part of the greater UR community.”

— Marshall Ervine, member since 2006

Interest Groups

“The wonderful thing about Osher is that you can be as involved as your lifestyle allows you to be. And as your lifestyle changes, so can your involvement level. There are many interest groups in addition to the classes that can be very rewarding.”

— Tim Hanger, Unofficial Osher Photographer

Personal Growth

“It’s a great experience and offers the opportunity for personal growth in an academic setting, in interest groups, in travel, and in getting to meet and learn from so many talented and intellectually curious individuals.”

— George Pangburn, Chair, Osher Leadership Council, 2014-16


“I am an ‘information junkie,’ and I enjoy the enrichment programs offered that expand the mind and develop deeper connections with other like-minded individuals.”

— Linda Turner, Theatre Lovers Interest Group Leader

What Osher Members are Doing

UR Osher at Local Farmers Markets

Volunteers from the Osher Marketing Team set up display booths at local farmers markets to talk to shoppers about the Osher Institute. The 2016 schedule: South of the James on May 21, June 25 & July 23; St. Stephen’s on June 11 & July 9.

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.

Age Range of Osher Members
Number of Osher Members
Number of Osher Classes by Year
Number of Osher Volunteers, Per Year

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